Mr. and Mrs. Mushroom lived a fairytale-like life in the Promised Land. They had a two-story gingerbread house, a garden full of colourful flowers, and the latest snail model to walk around their neighbourhood on weekends. The only thing they lacked were children and the Imperial Lily was a witness that they really tried. When Mr. Mushroom left for 3 days, it started raining. The next day the lady had 5 children. All white. She quickly ran to the store and asked for 5 hats with red polka dots. As she was leaving, the Albino winked at her. It hadn't rained in a long time.

(Translated by Oana Georgiana Minea / 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 January 2023, the group has 10,220 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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