I picked her up from kindergarten as I did every time her mother had something better to do. I curled my fingers tightly over her little hand so she wouldn't run off into the street. She was mumbling a song, as always. I asked her what it was about and she told me it was about Santa Claus. Ana, Easter's coming, we don't sing those anymore. She looked at me with her big eyes and answered very seriously that Ana also knows Easter songs. She then sang the first line in a voice much too loud for tram 14: Gheorghiță's horse is grazing.

(Translated by Oana Ionescu / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year I / Corrected by conf. dr. Daria Protopopescu / Edited 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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