in second grade. Yes, Johnny, we know, you can just read the essay, the teacher interrupted. Family and hobbies: Mommy cleans and cooks and cries a lot and drinks wine. Daddy works with trucks and brings me sweets and toys. Daddy drinks beer and shouts at the TV during matches and argues with mommy because of my brother Sammy who died. I like fire and I want to be a fireman when I grow up. I like adventure books and hunting. I caught three birds and a cat. I buried them in our yard.

(Translated by Cătălina-Diana Teliban / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year II / 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 4.300 members.) The authors write ultra-short stories, setting their texts within the limit of 500 symbols (in Romanian language, so in English the limit might be a little different) - a flash-fiction exercise with an almost daily changed topic. 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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