13.06.2021
Do you think your brothers will recognize you, Grandma, after all this time? The woman was silent and with pious gestures she arranged the seam of her coat and adjusted the girdle under the shirt. She pulled the thread of her tassels once more and dug her heels so deeply into the floor that the girl winced. Grandma, are you upset? With the corner of her handkerchief she wiped her damp eyes and kissed the curious little girl's forehead. Granny's not mad, and yes, I think she'll recognize me. If not by the yearning look on my face, then at least by the pattern on the shirt. It's May 6th, 1990.

(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.

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