My mother calls out to me. Lia, turn on the light in the stable, let's see what Buttercup gave birth to, as her time had come. I run quickly and slowly slip through the door. From the pile of wet hay a little head with two wet eyes looks shyly at us. I step forward happily and stroke the white star on her forehead. My mother studies Buttercup, who was giving birth for the first time. All is well, she says, bring the new bucket with some water in it, let's milk her. I immediately complied, knowing that from now on steaming milk would make our lives happy. Little Star, I say, that's what we'll call her.

(Translated by Lenuța Bejenaru / 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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