As soon as he smelled the light in the hard orphanage bed, he first made sure there was no one there yet, then took the scissors and began. By the time the first woke up, he was almost ready. What was left, he hid under his clothes and spent the day listening. When they paraded him at dusk, the best behaved and good to go, the lady began to sneeze, the gentleman smiled: allergies. But the bed in the new house was soft and the bedtime stories were real bedtime stories, so he didn't try to make up excuses: I have a flaw, I keep growing wings. They didn't find out until later.

(Translated by Bianca-Maria Marinescu / 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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