My name is Norocel Lipitu, professional seeker of dead horses' horseshoes. Ex amateur slacker, born a rich kid, of unemployed parents. For my 18th birthday, my father gave me one coin and sent me away, as far as possible. That's how I ended up in Ireland and met McDack. I gave him the coin and he told me his secret, that treasures can be found at the end of the rainbow, under dead horses' horseshoes. I dug until I found water and in it, a bottle with a note. The note said to search at the other end.

(Translated by Mălina Ioana Butaru / 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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