Cişmigiu, Writers' Alley. Me and grandpa Carol on a bench. I was almost 4 years old, eating cotton candy. This photo was taken by my father. A year later, my parents broke up, and grandpa left. They told me he had gone abroad, and I have been waiting for him. 20 years later, I dreamed I was at the airport. In front of me - grandpa, wearing a hat, an overcoat and a moustache, as usual. Grandpa, I missed you. I brought you chocolate, he gave me a complicity smile and we hugged through the worlds.

(Translated by Ecaterina Bucovanu / 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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