We quietly turned towards the tram window. The Spirii's Hill had entered our field of vision; a depressing landscape of ruins, earthmovers, mud and rubble. A child's voice can be heard in the stunned silence: Grandpa got it right - if this does not perish sooner, it will tear down the whole Bucharest. All eyes slowlyyy turn towards a father with a face white as snow. The tram pulls into the station. The father grabs his child's hand and pulls him towards the door. Daddy, but we are not getting of the tram here. YES, WE DO, WE GET OFF HERE.

(Translated by Delia-Maria Cocoş / 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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