Mom's aunts were 90 at the time I used to go to Cluj for my summer holidays. They said they'd known it since they themselves were children, and that it had always been old. I used to be awed whenever I went there - I would imagine taking all my friends there as a grown up to hold it. And I did grow up, and the aunts in question turned nearly 100. But it took me ages to return to Sétatér - it must have been around the time the stadium was being rebuilt. It beats me how they made it disappear altogether! There was nothing left for me there, not even a spot for me to count the concentric circles.

(Translated by Elena Florea / 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 June 2021, the group has 6.650 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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