There are five of us. The Little Girl, The Teenager, The Young Woman, The Adult, The Mature. We didn't choose our own names, we found them along the way. The same heart beats within all of us. A heart with the scent of warm hands and gingerbread. The four older ones, we sometimes argue for supremacy. Our games take on strange shapes at times - self-sufficiency, revolt, passion, composure, wisdom. The Little One is what links all of us. She has magic, purity, sincerity, gratitude. Painted on top of our heart, she's the one to send away our demons. A Perpetuum Mobile. Innocence.

(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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