He loves to get inside the stories he read. He'd been around piglets, musketeers, and comrades, now he'd grown up and observed his classmates. They had breasts, they were cheeky, so he suggested they go out for boat rides together. They asked him if his dog would be covered, and he assured them he was protecting it from the moisture, and here they were waiting for him at the dock, dreaming of orgies as he came striding along with his terrier. But their smiles fell when they pulled on the oars for real and he groaned with delight,while the dog, unheeded, whined on and on.

(Translated by Ana-Maria Batog / 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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