The first stage of childhood was with mother's cuddles and a thousand giggles. The second stage was colorful, with spontaneous play and lots of 'why?'s. The third stage was awkward. Girls on one side and boys on the other, we played family and they played with guns. The fourth stage I wouldn't have said was the last. They took my game away and put the book in my hands. They replaced my stories with lessons and my drawings with maps. Please let me know when the bell rings and I can get back to playing. I don't like it here.

(temă în parteneriat cu Ideo Ideis, 2022)

(Translated by Liliana Popescu / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year II / 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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