What fucking rainbow do you want me to give you? You stepped in every puddle and splashed coloured splatters all over the house when you painted your grandma Rosa's wall. You smeared purple on The Abduction from the Seraglio rug, the poor women's tits are green, and the Christians who abducted them have blue moustaches. It was the only one that hadn't been ruined. I'll give it to you, I'll wrap it up for you, only to get rid of it, you've driven me mad with your rainbow. How can I give you a rainbow if I don't have one? There's only one, and it's up in the sky. Go get it. And he went. He never came back. Not on that day, what were you thinking?

(Translated by Oana-Roxana Dicilea / 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.

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