The boy's tooth was moving really bad. You know, his grandmother told him, when your mother was little, she would tie it to the doorknob, count to 3 and the tooth would come out on its own. How come? Look, said grandmother, tying the little tooth with a thread to the doorknob. Aren't you calling Oscar? grandfather asked behind the door. The dog, hearing its name, came in a second, and pushed the door to the wall. Grandpa, the thread has come loose. The grandparents smiled contentedly. A little tooth was dangling from the doorknob. Just as in the past.

(Translated by Oana Dicilea / 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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