The flight was pleasant, they laughed a lot, they ate rice, chicken and even drank sparkling water. They got home late, but stayed up chatting with grandpa. When it was bedtime, they noticed the pacifier and Gelu, the teddy bear, were missing. Grandma went outside running, she took the first taxi and went to the airport to look for the items without which her grand-daughter could not sleep. When she returned, victorious, after two hours of sweating and form filling, Ana was sleeping peacefully. She was a big girl now.

(Translated by Ioana Grigoruţă / 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 March 2021, the group has 4.500 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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