When you hear neigh, you think of a horse first, it was the rule learned in the freshman year of college. Excellent for the first diagnoses in your career but difficult to apply in your own life. So that, deafened by the growing bray, for months she thought of normal in percentiles, curves, acceptable variability. Until she started dreaming stripes. In contrasting colors. And with evrika in his mind, he had no choice but to search obsessively on the internet: How the hell do you raise a zebra at home?

(Translated by Tania Diniță / 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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