There is a Land of Grandparents. There is where all of them go when they die. With colorful benches, which tell the story of grandchildren swaying on their knees, with large screens in which they see young people, at dances and pranks with children, with telescopes through they look at us, to the hearts. But most of all, they like The Retrival. They come to us for a walk. The puff of wind that caressed your face? She was Grandma. The smell of linden, what held you in his arms? The grandfather. Clear sky? They. All grandparents are with us. Even if they are gone.

(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.

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