After he complained years and years that he would want to have feathers too so he could fly, Rino, the giant rhino, succedeed to meet a frog from the shadowy swamp, which in exchange for a kiss offered him a pair of wings. All the animals gathered to see them ad couldn't stop from unkindly laughing and burning admirations. It was very funny with his greasy and hard back, wrapped in a parrot's rainbow feathers. But the ironies stopped when Rino, jumping off a cliff, vanished.

(Translated by Maria Cătălina Moisescu / 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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