I loved Grandpa the most. He was the pillar of the whole family. He worked until the last minute, because that's who he was. When he got sick, I thought I'd die before him from worry. Every visit to the hospital was an adrenaline rush for my heart. The doctors were skeptical about his chances of survival. I also went to the Metropolis and prayed as I knew how, to let him stay with us a while longer. At least five years, to take from me, to give to him. Five more years he lived and they were the most precious.

(Translated by Carla-Marina Ștefănescu / 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 March 2022, the group has 8,050 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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