Come on, grandma' faster, I have an appointment at the nail salon, said the granddaughter, bored to death, chewing gum and using her phone way too much. The white-haired woman had laid down on the table: a bunch of slightly yellowed photos, a crochet doily, a ballerina figure, a book of poems and two teacups with saucers. What do you need this old stuff for? You do not need them in the retirement house. You have a TV in there. I will bring you a beautifully printed heart mug, The Most Beloved Grandmother. You girl, these are my memories, is my whole life. Do not take that away from me.

(Translated by Iuliana Boruga Danciu / 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 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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