In the courtroom there are my mom, dad, an old lady, who keeps pounding on an old typewriter, a white-haired pop, that seems to be the chairman and two men in suits, that I don't like, because they talk funny: the defendant, we ask for a delay. The chairman asks me what I like to do, what marks do I have in school, and if I have everything I need at home. I let out a sigh of relief as long as he doesn't ask me who do I love the most, it's ok. At the end, those weird people shake hands, the chairman yawns, and mom cries gently. I'm staying at dad's this week.

(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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