I'm not a genius, shouted Maria clenching her fists. Tears were pouring down her face. She and her mother were visiting an old friend of the latter. They had received a sophisticated answer from a lady psychologist and now the mother wanted a piece of advice from someone who was working with over intelligent children. And such a person was her friend. I am not a genius, how many times do I have to say it? Mommy said that all girl-things are to be referred to as a "she"; and that all boy-things are to be referred to as a "he". I am Maria, I am a girl, I am 4 years old and I am a she-genius.

(Translated by Alin-Marian Mărgescu / 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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