One for every huge event I won't be there for. The first day of school, the first prize with honors, the high school ball, the important exams, the first love, the first kiss, the first disappointment, for the driver's license, for the dissertation, for the meeting with the girl of your dreams, for your wedding, for the birth of my grandchildren. So, I put the important instructions in the Green Envelope: To open posthumously on the morning of the dedicated event and only by the Little Prince. Sincerely, Mom.

(Translated by Andreea-Alexandra Șerbănescu / 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 October 2021, the group has 7.275 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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