When Mario and Luigi took up mushrooms, Princess Peach felt a bit neglected and started to get kidnapped by the dragon. At first these two went and rescued her, but then they got a little bored and left her for good. How dumb could she be, letting herself get kidnapped like that every night? Now, Mario has come across a cloud posing as a distributor, bringing them little star-shaped pills. They put one on their tongue, and wow, mother of God, see the explosion of color on their retinas.

(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.

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