They told him he wasn't wanted. He was saddened, and then he cried. They told him he was ugly too. He got upset, and wept again. They took him to a big mansion. He got mad, he yelled, and cried. There, he got clothes, food and candies. He was happy for a moment, and then he cried. One day, a couple who wanted to take him home, showed up. He didn't know those people, so he cried again. They held him close, kissed the wounds he got while playing and read him bedtime stories. Last night, the child told them: good night mummy and daddy. He stopped crying.

(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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