There was this morning when my mom was taking me to the kindergarten with the trolley. The ride from Titan to Rosetti Square was at least 40 minutes. I was around 4 years old. The trolley was very, very crowded. So crowded, that we could barely breathe and we couldn't move around. Stop pushing my mom, I yelled. My mom told me to shut up, but I yelled even louder: stop pushing my mom, idiots. You're an idiot, a voice from the crowd answered me. This was my first lesson of public speaking.
(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.