You don't get it, daddy. The basket ball is lound and olinge and has black stlipes not black with white stlipes. Yes, but you see. I didn't get to say anything else because immediatly followed a tropical storm of shouts, screams, tears, and feet kicking the floor, threats that I won't sweep, eat not sweet food, I won't got o kindergawden until I get an olange ball. So from now on black is a kind of orange that Santa's elves use for smart, beautiful and imaginative children.

(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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