The story that I want to tell you is from when I was little, I was two years old. I was in the countryside at my maternal grandmother and one day I disappeared. My grandmother and my mother's sister started searching for me. They have scolded my cousin, suspecting he had lost me in the woods. When the frenzy was at its summit, I got out very cheerful from the house, the place where nobody had thought to search for me, saying: done cacao. What had I been doing inside the house? I had mixed cacao in all the buttermilk pots. My grandmother and my aunt kissed me happily because they found me.

(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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