She's unique. She's special. I feed her, I put her to sleep, I sing to her. I hold her in my arms. I reassure her when she cries. I let my hands help her when she tries walking. I pick her up when she falls. I kiss her on the forehead when she has a fever and tell her stories every night. I strip her of all my worries, wash her patiently, and trust her. I laugh with her. I cry with her. I watch her growing up, changing. She feels the wind through her hair, she looks at the stars, she loves, she breaks into pieces and then she recomposes. I look at her and I know she will change the world.

(Translated by Emilia-Georgiana Călinescu / 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 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 every few days. 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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