Mum, isn't my brain good? The mother looked at the blue-eyed boy. Why do you say that honey? The lady in therapy said that by summer I will have learned how to write and that my mind will grow. You always say that I'm your genius. Should I have been smaller? I didn't want to grow up. But all kids grow up. You said that the mind is inside the head. And I have a head. Didn't the lady see that I have a head? Mum hugged him tight. The lady is like a fairy and she will help you get good grades in school. The boy's eyes lit up. Is she going to do my homework?

(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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