Zog, the antelope, came running, kicking up dust and coughing towards whatever poor animals happened to be in the area. He had heard that there was water in the temporary river that ran past the elephant trees. Something got in his way and he had to stop suddenly, nearly breaking his front-right ankle. Alfred, the lion, feeling sick because of the sun, was holding a zebra to the ground and starring angrily at Zog. Can I? the antelope said, but Alfred growled, pointing to the zebra: You can't pass by here. The traffic light is over there, he said, pointing toward the two-tone sunset.

(Translated by Iuliana Mocanu / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year I / 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 May 2023, the group has 11,260 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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