Puppy with a curly leek steals the duck and swears he doesn't steal but I caught him by the di..k. No, no, stop. You can't say that at the festivity. But mom, yesterday you told me that leeks are good. Yes, Ionuț, but no cussing. Okay, let me say one more thing. My name is Ionuț and I have a duck, do you want to f...k? Nooo, you can't say that. Mom, I wanted to ask if you want to make it with leeks. Yes, but we have oranges. Oh, I know another one. Orange u glad I called in sick, let's forget about school and play with my leek. Ionuț, get that leek off your brain!

(Translated by Elena Patricia Măroiu / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year II / Corrected by prof. dr. Nadina Vișan / Edited by Silvia Petrescu, coordinator of the translations)

Real Fiction is a collective project started in 2013 by Florin Piersic Jr. The concept of Real Fiction continued to exist as a Facebook group, after a volume of stories was published at Humanitas Publishing House. (In October 2022, the group has 9,400 members.) The authors write ultra-short stories, with the texts limited to 500 characters (in Romanian, so the length of the English translation might be a little different) - a flash-fiction exercise on a topic that changes every few days. The group's coordinators are Florin Piersic Jr., Gabriel Molnar, Răzvan Penescu, and Luchian Abel. (Drawing by Adrian T. Roman)

Versiunea în română a acestui text se poate citi aici, în rubrica Ficțiuni Reale.

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