I used to go out into the street and play with other kids, and would draw hopscotch in the middle of the street with a piece of chalk. Then each of us would choose a pebble to play with. Each one of us was also convinced their pebble was the pebble to bring their victory. But only one of us would win. And the others would lose. What mattered, though, was that all of us were having fun and no one got upset. I was thirsty so I'd go home for a sip of water, hoping mom was going to let me go back out and play. She would, and back to playing I would go.

(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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