It's a spacious house. The wall-father has the most generous space, sometimes populated by the whole family. In some evenings there is the loudest fuss, in others not even a whisper is heard. An empty bottle foreshadows nights of scandal and tears. The mother-wall has the space where they gather to eat, the children are confessing, and the parents are discussing important matters. For a while, less and less. The wall-Children have their world of silence, secrets and online. The food chain meets, faithfully, at the corners. They whisper to each other the words and non-words of their masters. Tomorrow, a new day.

(Translated by Beatrice-Ioana Huruială / 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 September 2022, the group has 9,250 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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