At first it was the dragons, and Mario was puffing on them from his pipe, while the turtle was walking the globe backwards. He shared his brother's passion for mustaches so strongly that the only one they grew shared half of each other's cheeks. The brotherhood was overshadowed by the gold coin found in a dragon's egg. Picking up a giant jackhammer he flattened his brother into a coin with gold dots due to the coins from his pockets. It felt great. Maybe from the hallucinogenic mushrooms.
(Translated by Andreea-Iulia Ciucă / 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.