31.10.2021
It's been about two weeks since he had left the generous den where he had received all the information about his people's soldiers. He couldn't remember anything before that, maybe he hadn't even existed. Still unable to walk and talk, he came to accept his captivity, while awaiting the liberating moment. Finally managing to escape the tightness of the swaddle blanket, diaper and cotton cloth, he grabbed it with all the strength he could muster in his small, clenched fist, as if his whole life depended on his mother's strand of hair. Victory on both battlefronts.

(Translated by Cristina-Bianca Ion / 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 July 2021, the group has 6.800 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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