In an unknown village, under an unknown bed, there's a hidden Crăciunel, sad and miserable, punished to stay on nut shells, he feels like getting away, all reindeers had left him, he was too insufferable, he deserted Santa, he did not like red anymore, he wants a mix, a bit of green and orange, he does not even want a sleigh anymore, he now listens to Kanye, he's fed up with bells, with children, whether naughty or nice, he s fed up with delivering presents, of going door to door, he wants to be eccentric, green and orange. C'mon, get out of there, don't be mean.

(Translated by Ana Spînu / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year II / 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 March 2023, the group has 10,790 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, Luchian Abel, and Vlad Mușat. (Drawing by Adrian T. Roman)

Versiunea în română a acestui text se poate citi aici, în rubrica Ficțiuni Reale.

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