His favorite word. He used it often, with the ease of a butcher slicing meat. I think I first heard it when I was 3 years old and I really wanted a pink bicycle. Then I remember that's what he said about my pink dress at the first kindergarten celebration. I didn't even know what it meant, it didn't hurt me. He later used it when it came to my first boyfriend, who was waiting for me in front of my house with pink roses. Now my father is gone, and it hurts. But I have the pink elephant that takes his place and makes me happy. They told me his name was Tremens something.

(Translated by Claudia Alexandra Văcărescu / 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.

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