The battered fence let down anyone's intentions who wanted to cross it. A rusty swing hanging by 2 old branches signaled innocence. They've been looking long for something simple they haven't found yet: a soul to love, a human being to educate it. The nurse warned them that that case was a special one. Two round and innocent eyes were looking full of questions from the porch. Two. Four. Six. Eight. More questions were arising, each one from another. Two souls flinched. Then they multiplied. The next day, four souls full of joy were going back home to them.

(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 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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