It is me, your granddaughter. From your girl - did you forget, granny? Nevermind, maybe it's better this way. But what if I was to forget as well. Here's the deal: you forgot who I am, and I will forget everything that hurt me since I was little: missing mom, the beatings, the curses, the punishments. I will remember only the sweet bread, the evenings at Boema, the ice cream with cat tongue biscuits from Capșa, the radio dramas, the romances and poems that you had me read out loud. Hold me in your arms, for you never had, and let's give it one more go, deal?  

(temă în parteneriat cu Ideo Ideis, 2022)

(Translated by Constantin Istrate / 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 every few days. 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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