I'm sitting in my chair, in the back. I am watching mommy. She's driving home. And what else did Miss ask you? What I wanted to become when I grew up. And what did you tell her? A violinist. Bravo. Mommy is happy, I'm glad. Should I tell her? What if she gets upset? But I want to be a superhero. That's it, I said it. Well, they're not mutually exclusive, says mommy, but I don't understand. You can be both. Oh, so all is good. You can save the world with the music you create. I lean back and close my eyes. I'm playing the violin somewhere up there and my superhero cape is fluttering on my shoulders.

(Translated by Diana Stănescu / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year II / Corrected by prof. dr. Nadina Vișan / 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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