They were a bunch of losers. One day they decided to kidnap the Green Emperor's daughters. They watched them and noticed that the girls did nothing all day long. They would smoke sometimes. But how to kidnap them, they wondered. They had to choose between the method used by jihadists in Boko Haram or, much easier, by wearing masks, as they'd seen in that Netflix series, the one that awakens the longing for rebellion within every idiot. So they disguised themselves as unicorns. And then what? And that's about it. Now, breathe in, breathe out, until the midwife arrives. It's going to be okay.

(Translated by Ana-Maria Batog / 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 December 2022, the group has 9,880 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.

0 comentarii