I was a very sick child and my parents spent a lot of money with me in and out of hospitals. The first surgery was a simple injection of fear straight to the backbone. Later, a voice transplant cause I was talking out of turn. Afterwards, a removal of wings cause I flew bad through the church during religious ceremonies and a myopic upgrade as if I could see too far and I was not paying attention to where I step. I was convinced that they were all lost for good. One day I found them in my mother's closet in the box where she kept my baby teeth.

(Translated by Zahra Kazemi / 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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