Nighttime. Footsteps in the hallway. It's like a soldier marching around the house. Grandma was on patrol, fully dressed, in boots, head covered. Grandma, what are you doing? Why are you awake? My dear child, take me home. I can't stand this concrete, these cars, these doors. I want to go home, in my garden. I miss my hens, my cow, your grandpa. In the morning, we got in the car and left. When she got home, she picked some flowers and went to the graveyard. She sat down next to grandpa and told him about the city.

(Translated by Eleonora Manea / 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, 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, 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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