03.12.2022
Before leaving you get stuck into 2 omelettes, 5 Romanian grilled minced meat rolls and 2 cups of milk. A long day awaits you. It takes you 54 hours to get there. It's in the ass-end of space, but it's worth it. You arrive and realize childhood was nice and you don't mind them asking you to show them you're under 12, when you want to enter children's playground. All of a sudden you feel the urge to buy The First House, even though you are poor. When you leave you steal the small pencil and you write down on your notebook. Today I went to a theme park for adults. It's been the last time, I swear.

(Translated by Ema-Teodora Rădulescu / 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 August 2022, the group has 9,000 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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