They told her they were butt-ugly, but she still loved them. She had over 100 glass fish and loved them immensely. The others were buying a plasma TV; she was buying an old one, so she could put her favorite one, the black and orange one, on top. When she went to work in Italy, she asked her family to keep things as they were. After 5 years she was returning home for the first time. She briefly hugged her parents and grandmother, then rushed to her former room to see them. A sticker with a clownfish was put on the plasma TV on the wall.

(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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