The aired out dance of the silver sycamore in the field of flower of darkness made the seven whales around it wash ashore in silence, as a bull was hopping like a paper puppet right next to a mother who was breastfeeding her old father gutted by thoughts. A little girl was cutting out a rib to give it back to a little boy who was digging his own religion at the root of a mysterious land. If I shrink in the wash, I will reach the bottom and lose contact, the Northern wind caught an android saying who believed it was another God.

(Translated by Alexandra Cica / 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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