The little girl has been waiting down the hall for half an hour already. If tomorrow Matei will be late again, she decided that she won't love him anymore. Yesterday she missed the part when children were colouring unicorns. And he knows how much she likes unicorns. Mum has made some chicken nuggets, the one he likes. The children are singing. She is mimicking the lyrics and absently smoothing the aluminium foil. Matei comes in a hurry and enters the class without looking at her. Her mother yells from the door. You naughty boy, you left the sandwich in the car again. What will become of you, since you're not eating a thing?

(Translated by Camelia Băluţă / 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 May 2021, the group has 6.400 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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