My dad told me he was taking me to Aqua Magic, but he took me to a mud-bath. My brother told me we were going to play with dolls, but we played football. My friends told me to meet up in the park, but they met up at Mihaela's. I felt alone and lied to by everyone. I was only 8 years old and I was starting to find out what a lie is. Left alone in the park, I bought a bag of Gusto with a mega surprise. I ate them all and found nothing. It was summer, I was 8 years old and I learned that you cannot even trust corn puffs.
(Translated by Claudia Alexandra Văcărescu / 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 January 2021, the group has 3.000 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 almost daily. The group's coordinators are Florin Piersic Jr., Gabriel Molnar, and Luchian Abel. (Drawing by Adrian T. Roman)
Versiunea în română a acestui text se poate citi aici, în rubrica Ficţiuni Reale.