20.10.2021
My mother had to shorten my ruffled dress quickly for the school fair. She needed some needles, so she took the ones that fixed the butterflies in the insectarium for which I got a 10 in Biology. I was on the stage, reciting the poem with my tears lying between my eyelashes. In the second line, my mother was crying; my father was filming me. The public was fascinated by my performance. No one knew I had a needle stuck in my skin. When I got home, my insectarium was empty; the butterflies disappeared. My cat was licking her muzzle.

(Translated by Roberta Maria Gulerez / 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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