Good afternoon, mr. Popa. Dănuț, what do you say? Ana asked the child. Ho' do you dooo? Louder so mr. Popa can hear him. Lo-der, the child replied staring at the toys. The old man took his hat off. How do you do, Ana. I'm fine, thank you, little one. Ana looked at the snow-haired old man. At the same t place, many years ago, one day, she greeted him when coming back home from school: how do you do, as usual. Mr. Popa stopped. How old are you, Ana? 17. Oh, now you're a young lady! I have to greet you this way and kiss your hand.

(Translated by Anca Cristina Georgiana Mihai / 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 every few days. 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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