I used to be the smallest in my kindergarten group. The shortest pupil in the first grade. Same thing in the second grade. The teacher always used to sit me at the front of the class so I could see better. In fifth grade I realised that no matter how well-behaved I am and how much I learn I'll still be small, close to the ground and looking up at others. My classmates' jokes made me even smaller, closed off in my lilliputian heart. I decided to get into acting after graduation. Now, up there on stage I can perfectly execute a child's role. I'm a big actress.

(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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