Children go with children, mothers with mothers. This poster caught my eye ever since I got into heaven. My lips and the wilted China aster flowers quivered as I realized much too late that even now I won't get to meet my mother. Will I be put together with Johnny the Cocky who broke my head during my first year at the orphanage? Or with Dottie the Dot, the one who stole the food on my plate? Children can be cruel, even in heaven. Let me go back down, I want to get down. I refuse to think throwing myself in front of the train was in vain.

(Translated by Andra Daiana Păuna / 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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