We were lying down in the grass and looking at the sky. Suddenly, Mitica began to talk to me funny: Maybe if the rain would start, and no more rabbits would fall from the sky, our winds would all meet sometime, and it would be all quiet; I gave you a mascara, you wanted in the burrow, the one as big as your heart. Mitica, are you all right? Were you stung by something? Out of nowhere, a hoopoe came and started hammering out the rhyme. Hoo poo poo, hoo poo poo I want to stay here too. I brought him inside and healed him. With what? With love. And linden three tea.

(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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