Agaaain? OK, I'm coming. She wasn't in the park. The gentleman with the ice-cream hadn't seen her either. I called the police. I posted on Facebook her photo of the places she usually runs to. In 10 minutes a stranger called me. Oh, I didn't know, I'm sorry, she had money on her, she assured me she's allowed to. She's still here, yes, please don't scold her too badly when you come, I tattooed her. I bursted into tears. Grandma had become the child that now needed me. That day I moved her to my place, but only after I got a tattoo like hers too. A lighthouse.

(Translated by Alexandra Lica / 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 4.300 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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