Mom, Dad, I'm leaving you a change of clothes, a puzzle and the car. Don't let him sweat. Don't give him too much candy. If he cries, call me. Be calm, we'll take care of him. Can you manage? Are you sure? Naturally I hide behind the fence and look out the window of my old room where the baby was greedily eating a chocolate, he was play riding with Dad, Mom was throwing a ball at Dad who was rolling over with the baby on the carpet. Then they were all singing Stone Bridge in one voice. Come on, Grandpa, raise the bridge. Come on Grandma, tear down the bridge.
(Translated by Oana Irina Oprea / 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, 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.