Come on down from there, little darling, you need a bath, school's starting. For three months you've been living with the starlings, you'll get chicken stink in your skin, you'll grow bird wings. She's not right. In the tree house there's only Cora the crow and Mia the sparrow. And they're very clean. Grandma's overreacting. She's saying she'll phone Mum to come and get him, that she'll cut down the tree and the tree house, that she won't send food with the winches. The biggest lie is that she's going up to him. Poor thing, she has a very thick black hose on her leg and it's called varicose veins.

(Translated by Liliana Popescu / 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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