I light a cigarette and invite myself for a glass of cognac on my terrace, on the shore of the lake I bought, swans included. Yeah, why are you so surprised? I wanted to, that's why. Should I care that you ate jam, polenta and boiled meat for Sunday dinner? Now wait till I come to your doorsteps. What did you offer me? It was all about you. All I've ever heard were stories about you as a boy. Daddy, what are you doing? Come inside, I'm scared by myself. Kid, I was brave when I was little. I'll be right in and I'll tell you all about it.

(Translated by Andreea Tobă / 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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