Thoughts from the past - artist with rich husband and 9 kids, enough of us to put together a football team and a horse instead of a car. I can hear my grandma calling for me to take the goat into the stables. I can picture the summers when I would sneak into the fridge and my mom, asking me to come out or I'll break it. I admire my dad for the carefulness in teaching me how to install a plug, because who knows what kind of man I'll come across in my life. I can see my sister getting ready for dates and me, waiting for her to leave so I can sleep with the lights off.

(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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