I saw brightly colored door, I pressed on the handle and went in. Inside, darkness. In front of me stood ME, of 4 years old, dressed in the purple overall, puffed up like a pepper, and with my hair up in two tails with funny hair ties. A voice told me to say something if I feel like it. I felt a catch in my throat and I lied down on my knees. Me of four years old took my face between her small palms and spoke to me. You will be fine, she sad. Remember who you used to be, and you will be all right again. And then I cried.

(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 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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