Laura, come upstairs to eat. I'm not hungry, Gabi's grandma gave him a slice of bread with lard and he shared it with us some of it. He was a bit stingier with the tomato, he kept it all to himself. Thankfully Călin isn't like that with his bike, we all ride it in turns. Vali's dad yells out the window. Can't you see you are soaked to the skin? No, mister, we didn't realize it's raining. But we're going to come inside the apartment building's entrance in a minute to play cards. Can you bring us a blanket, to put it on the floor, please? We know it's the quiet time, we promise we won't make noise.

(Translated by Jessica-Polixenia-Cristiana Copilaș / 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 July 2022, the group has 8,750 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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