He used to be a peaceful and obedient child. And almost invisible. His mother only saw him when she was calling him over for dinner or tucking him in bed. His father only saw him once a day. He was going over to him, ruffled his hair and drily asked him: how are you, man? Until he managed to answer, his father was already gone. One day, by some fortunate mistake, he broke a window. Suddenly, both his parents came over to him, one scolding him and the other one slapping him. It didn't even matter anymore. They were seeing him. Ever since that incident, he made himself seen every day. He even does so now. He's being seen by a psychiatrist and two psychologists.

(Translated by Alma Teodora Miron / 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 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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