I am five years old. For a year I have been living in a white room with a small window with a corner of the sky hanging from it. I have a white bed, which I share with the Unicorn girl, Ela. My mother is always with me. She reads me stories. She comforts me. Sometimes, when she thinks I can't see her, she cries. Dad doesn't come to my room much, even though I'm a good, brave girl. I made friends with the drip. It pumps daily, in my blood, the hope of a Tomorrow. Today, the unicorns visited Ela. They brought her a new heart. When I grow up, I want to be a Unicorn.

(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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