I loved everybody, especially dad, who was teaching me how to play the violin. When mummy died, dad, overwhelmed by hardships and incapable, moved to the city, to work in a factory and he left us at the Orphanage. My sister and my brother were crying, but I was glad when he came once a year, and I used to sing to him. I forgave him every time he left without us. When I was 18, they kicked me out from the orphanage. I could not forgive him anymore. I have been so magnanimous only then, when I was little.

(Translated by Raluca Simion / 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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