Daddy, the sea and the earfare two gumpy old pehsons, like ghamma and ghampa. What do you mean? Don't you see how many winkles they got? Those a' waves. They a' winkles, that's why it's cawed the Black Sea, cause it's angy. The sea isn't angry on anyone. Yes, it is. Those a' angy winkles. Who made it angry? The people thowing bad things in it and killing the fish. You're right. And why does the earth resemble grandpa? Because it's full of winkles that look like winkles. And why is it angry? \'Cause of the bad people that built fings on it instead of just being all fwends.

(Translated by Daniela-Andreea Gugescu / 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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