He would taking swimming and drawing lessons while I would drown in my own spit and in the pigs' dirt. He would take riding and piano lessons, I would ride brooms and play at the leaf. He would go to shows dressed neatly, I would play with the shadows of my fingers on the walls. He would fly gliders with his father, I would run after plastic bags taken by the wind. He would be rude to the maids, I would tell him: Sir, stop hitting me. Now he's paralyzed after having fallen off his horse while I'm the doctor keeping him alive. Life is fair.

(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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