They say that you should remain a child, but a happy, beautiful child, that gives you a feeling of bliss, and makes you should oh, how sweet. Under no circumstance do not remain vulnerable, unsure, vaguely adolescent, but not fully, not how it's supposed to be, the kind that still writes letters to Santa Claus, to dad or to classmates hoping for forgiveness, for toys, for attention. Did I say toys? I might have meant friendships, or at least a glance in their direction. No, don't remain this kind of child. Especially if you are a parent.

(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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