We're going to get rid of that wooden-tongued one, my grandfather would say in a distressed voice, while twisting the largest knob of a box from which rumours from another world which he called Free Europe would enter our room in the evening, preceded by a song like a kiss on the top of the head. "Then, and not even then", my grandmother would add, as if she was speaking to herself, her eyes clapped on her small Bible from which she always used to read before bedtime, and a thought would blossom into my childish mind, that on that day, horses would finally be able to eat red eggs.

(Translated by Oana Ionescu / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year I / Corrected by conf. dr. Daria Protopopescu / 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 almost daily. 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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