A hen from Pașcani once gave birth to two living chickens. One without a foot and the other one without a wing. The hen committed suicide by starvation shortly after because she was sad that she gave birth to two cripples. Her chickens grew bigger and, despite their handicap, gave birth to two living chickens as well. They were perfectly healthy so their parents were really happy. One of them once found a bag with two coins on the road which he deposited at the House of Deposits and Consignments. The next day, these coins made kids of their own. What a life this is.  

(Translated by Claudia Cioplea / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year I / 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 February 2023, the group has 10,500 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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