The 150-year-old cherry, the thick, old osier, the lake and the pasture were from the land of the giants. I was walking one day to the river, with my steps. I could barely keep up with my father, my godfather, my left side was always in great pain. My parents thought I was pretending. Only my godfather believed in my tears and pick me on his shoulders. He was one of those Crush-Stone, I think. I was reading Ivanhoe perched on top of the 100-year-old cherry. I skipped the stairs of the house like a fence, on the side, I rarely went down the steps. One day I jumped into another age.
(Translated by Alexandra Cica / 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.