My name? I don't have one. A, you're an unwanted one. Yeah. Your parents will call you Angel. Enter room 30, Angel. What's in there? You'll understand. In the middle of the room stood his future parents standing back-to-back saying his name. The rest of the room seemed to be full of dummies. He realised that it was him, from zygote up to the last grain of dust. Decades away, on his deathbed, he found his earliest memory. It was summer and he fell off the bike hurting his knee. Out of nowhere, his mother appeared and the pain went away.

(Translated by Iulia-Teodora Urea / 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 April 2021, the group has 5.600 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, Răzvan Penescu, 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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