Birdan Bee, the crippled platypus with a degree in swan ology, I'm also called Bird Terror; I just have to put my finger on the lil' birdie and she whispers her pains in my ear. I have a cure for every itch, I can smell birdies from afar. At' edge of a lake I see a mirrored lil' swan; I say, whoops, that's the frog in the story, if you peck it on the beak, it turns into a whole princessita. I say, peck your beak you crazy chick, I think I got it that you're undercover. Scoot ov\'ere, I won't eat you unless you like it.
(Translated by Andreea Grințescu / 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 April 2023, the group has 11,000 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.