At 7 years old he wrote a poem. He showed it to the teacher. He got a 10 and mom put it on the fridge. Dad kissed her often. That's how his sister was born. A colleague starred at him, the sister grew up, and the parents slept separately. He wrote a new poem about love, the teacher looked at him strangely, but gave him a 10. He gave the poem to his mother and didn't put it on the fridge anymore, because it was painted. After her death, he wrote a new poem Nothing on a Brown Bag. He folded his hands, gave himself a 10, and hung it on the bathroom door. That it wouldn't make it to the fridge.

(Translated by Anca Cristina Georgiana Mihai / 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 every few days. 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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