One day, when mom and dad had a fight, I stuck a picture of them kissing on the fridge, and they immediately made up. When I hit my foot in soccer, I limped home, drew the ball on the field, and was good as new. The worst was when my grandmother died, I drew her alive and it scared everyone at the wake. I left home and didn't tell anyone about the miracle appliance. Now, my daughter's drawings fill my fridge daily, but she's the only miracle I need.  

(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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