I had no idea whom the pink bow package was from. An unknown sender. In the box I found colors, brushes, canvases and a note: Follow your dream. I didn't know anything about painting, but I started learning every day. In a short time, painting became my addiction, my passion. My works have been exhibited all over the world. Then one day I looked for the sender to thank for the gift. When I found him, he told me it was a mistake.
The package was to reach the neighbor's little girl at the second floor.

(Translated by Anca Cristina Ilie / 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 every few days. 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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