I used to visit the garden with some papers and some color crayons which I was sharpening with a pocket knife. Under a walnut tree, I was drawing all sorts of things. Children were laughing at me, telling me I was only doodling, my dad was telling me that I should rather start singing. When my mom told me I was wasting my time, I wanted to throw away all of my crayons. Then, one day, Ana, the neighbors' daughter I like, told me that my drawings are the work of a genius. I haven't stopped drawing ever since. I now have exhibitions all over the world.

(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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