I had no idea from where my grandmother had a picture of Seoul, but everything she had better, she sent to me. To impress her, in my first letter I told her about the new uniform. She was happy and wrote to me about the chickens. I also told her about the boy from 9B class and about the exams. She advised me how to wear my hair and scarf. Last time, I told her about the scholarship abroad. She did not answer. I took the train to her. Didn't you receive my email? No, Grandma, I calmed down. But why do you need internet? Well, how else could your grandmother write to you in Seoul?
(Translated by Elena Crețu / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year II / 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 September 2021, the group has 7.150 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.