One autumn day, a good child was born, who didn't swear until he was seven years old. Immediately after, he used the word stupid and was surprised by his aggressiveness. He still thought it was justified by the fact that his at-home education had finished. He was considered a genius by his playmates because he used to read them anatomy books and tell them that the vagina was a smaller waggon, although he had no idea what it meant. He didn't sleep at night, fell in love with a different person every day, and at 10 years old he wrote his obituary. It was that of a writer.

(Translated by Ruxandra Adriana Dodoiu / 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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