Old Mrs. Costea was cranky and chased the children away from the sour cherry tree in the yard in a voice rasped by loneliness and heavy with admonition that came pouring out of sad memories and maybe forgetfulness too. I never jumped the fence, I just liked to watch, cross-legged, the deployment of forces from which the spectrum of an age only suspected made the brats run screaming and yelling. When she called me to give me sour cherries, she also taught me how to enjoy chocolate and the taste of ginger tea.

(Translated by Andreea Grinţescu / 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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