The werewolf tossed in the sky and swallowed the red moon, the limp wolf came out at the edge of the forest and howled long in pain, sitting on the old wood-bench, her face lit by fire, the mother still cradling her new-born baby in her sleep, father is coming back, child, the war is not long, don't worry about it, sleep, and grow up strong, let him teach you to break the stone, for the world will be yours, you know this. The earth was silent for as long a time, and then it murmured of another day, entirely new, and nearer the end, after which a new beginning would surely come.

(Translated by Adrian-George Ilinca / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year I / Corrected 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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