Dear diary, I'm nine years old and I don't know any French yet, but I promise that in 10 years' time I'll be in Paris admiring the Eiffel Tower and eating escargot. This amuses me as I read it because I'm 19 and I'm just finding out now that I've wanted this since I was a little kid. I'd forgotten about the diary, came across it by accident while looking through the photo albums. I'm leaving for Paris tomorrow in an exchange. It seems surreal. I have to remember to try the snails even though I admit they don't sound tempting anymore. But the little kid in me deserves it. I'm sure that kid's the reason I've gotten this far.

(temă în parteneriat cu Ideo Ideis, 2022)

(Translated by Carla Bețianu / 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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