He was about to be a freshman. During the second week of the summer holiday, he bought a train ticket to Jimbolia and got in the train without a word. Uncle, show me where the border is, he told him when he arrived, but his uncle took him by an arm, locked him in a room and called his father. You dumb child, who do you think is going to let you listen to radio Free Europe from now on, did you think about your mother, and you left without a trace, you prick? We could have all went to jail had your uncle not call. That fall recorded an unexpected member among the Communist Youth Union.

(Translated by Ana Spînu / 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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