I am the youngest out of all the five siblings. Mommy says I should do good, otherwise God will punish me. If I do something to upset her she says that Santa's not coming. After my mom nags my father, my father beats my brother Ion and then he beats me. I'm not afraid of them. I am most afraid of when they leave us alone at home because if we mischief Ceauşescu comes and takes us. I don't know who Ceauşescu is, but I think that he is evil. Once we armed ourselves with pots on our heads and used twisters and rolling pins as swords. What it would have taken for this Ceauşescu to come?
(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.