I don't want to leave. Everything I know I learned here: how to move, to hit, to feel, how to listen to your heartbeats and your conversations with the others. Here I learned to love your voice. Here you formed my heart, hands and legs. Here you gave me a name. From a runt I became Teuta. I don't want to go away. I'm scared.
I can hear your calling. Why do you want me to come? Keep me here, please. Two hands grasp me.
"Congratulations, you have a grade A girl. Write it down on the calendar, 32nd of January 2030."
Where am I? Mom, where are you?

(Translated by Jin Cristian Yang / 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.

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