I got a blank sheet of paper and started to draw a swing, some dolls, teddy bears, cand floss, heart-shaped lollipops, frilled dresses, starry headbands. In the middle of the page I drew myself being hugged by my mom, my dad, and the puppy Lara. The following day, at school, I got a 10 for the best drawing. Glittered-up lies. I was just an orphan with a big imagination. Now I write love storries with a happy end. And every night I fall asleep being hugged by my own arms.

(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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