It's really hot. I go out to buy my favorite watermelon icecream. I get home, I sit in front of the TV to watch cartoons. I hear my mother getting closer to the room. She's furious. I don't know why she is furious, but I know I am to blame for it. She starts yelling, I get scared. She's scolding me. It's my fault, I've been stupid, made a mistake and now she's angry. I'm to blame for her anger. It's my fault. Only my fault. I'm to blame, the cartoons are over, the icecream melted.

(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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