When I was little, I didn't go out to play with the kids. Maybe because I was too quiet and a little ugly. In my room, I was building a tent out of a blanket and stayed in it all day. Sometimes I was playing with a rag doll or I was building castles out of cubes, other times I listened for minutes to the sea in a shell. One day my mother brought me a puppy. It was the happiest day of my life. I was aways walking him out in the parks. I've never been alone since then. Now I like dogs more than people.

(Translated by Medeea Alexandra Stan / 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 August 2021, the group has 7.000 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 Ficțiuni Reale.

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