The courier calls to ask if I'm home. Where I could be before Christmas, of course I'm with my hands in the dough. I found myself with a package I didn't know how long I was waiting for. Inside, story books, two pink pillows, some baby gloves, small pink and white clothes, two plushies, money and a letter. I read it collapsed on the marble floor and drowning in tears. My gift from beyond death arrived at the door. My mother had sent the Christmas presents to the girls right before the unfortunate accident.

(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 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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