Look, mommy, what I drew, look, look. Do you like it? Do you still feel bad? The mother - who has just arrived from the clinic - looks indulgently at the little girl's drawing, My Beautiful Family and her four drawn under an orange sun. Two parents and two children and a huge gap in their bowels, an abyss with dead butterflies, a granite slab hiding nothingness, an unknown shadow of the wind. Yes, I like it, says the mother, but her voice comes from afar, from Dante's Language. I like it, and with her white hand she draws another small star, to make them Five.

(Translated by Otilia Mocanu / 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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