She was called Ana and she had a floral jacket. He was a brave, typically cheerful guy. When they parted for a little while, he would repeat her name obsessively: Ana, Ana, A-na. Out of joy but mostly out of nervousness, when they saw each other again, she tripped and fell. But he gave her his bike immediately and she got over it. Then, each of them grabbed their grandma by the hand and slowly headed for the park. At three years old, it's not that easy to cross the street. In the end, no one got hurt. Any resemblance to reality is possible.

(Translated by Carla Beţianu / 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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