Rémi had cried all night by the little brick mound that once had been a stove, and had begun to resemble a sad little frog forgotten on the shore of a lake dried up by the lack of light. He walked to school clutching his homework to his chest and three lumps of coal in his pants' pockets. They' re gonna laugh at him again. Draw a trichromatic summer holiday adventure, that's what the homework sounded like and he didn't even know what a holiday was. As he sat down on the bench, he heard Sara say: Don't be sad, Rémi, my trees are also black.

(Translated by Alina-Dorina Nicolae / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year I / 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 November 2022, the group has 9,580 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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