The Bizarre family had been running the Flamboyant Realm for some time and there was no one to end their hegemony. 100 abstract years had passed since a strange boy had been born. There were only hairless, obsolete, chic and cunning girls. Mr. and Mrs. Bizarre fertilized each other regularly just so maybe they would succeed. And then came the wonder. Clement was born exactly on the first of April, handsome as an imperial lily, smeared with blood from extinguished stars, crawling through the apricot orchard. In the end, he peed while standing.

(Translated by Claudia Cioplea / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year I / 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 November 2022, the group has 9,580 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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