Che cazzo fai, fratello? Get up. Can you see a me? Say something. Che, man? What are you talking about? Say it more forte, fratello, because I don't capeesh anything. Whisper it in my ear. Prin- what? Princessa? Castello? He is delirious. Call for an ambulanzia, mio fratello will be no more. Hello, urgenzza? Mio fratello is delirious. He suddenly fell to the terra and now says he wants to save una princessa, ma he needs some more fiore for more life and mushrooms, to grow grande. Is he on something? Tell me, fratello, did you mangiatto rotte mushrooms? Mario, again?

(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.

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