They started to cry when being said they have no mother and no one to belong to. They also cried when no grown-up people visiting the place didn't pick them to be taken home. And they decided to stick with each other. They hid in the kitchen, took the big knife and carved crosses on their arms and shouted the slogan they knew from the book while sticking their blood together. But the youngest one could be barely heard, no one knew he was suffering from thrombophilia. The other three remained inseparable for the rest of their lives.

(Translated by Luciana-Maria Buruiană / 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 October 2022, the group has 9,400 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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