Ctrl-alt-del. From this moment on, I can write a new childhood for you. Without the doctor who told your mom that she should try for another child, in front of you, when you were 5, making you live your life asking yourself if you are good enough. Without the car accident when you were 10. Without the moments of shame, of rejection, without the feeling of exaggerated guilt. Without the phenobarbital. Without the insomnia world record that followed. My price is a small one, it weighs only 21 grams. Save file? No, I'm not saving. Perish.

(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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