All the children were lined up in the courtyard. The teacher put me right in the front row. I gave her the flowers. She thanked me and gave me a kiss. My classmates are very nice. I've already made friends with three of them. Well done, my dear. I took my baby in my arms and squeezed him tight. I didn't tell him that I was standing at the fence and crying while watching him through the lattice as the children laughed at his worn out shoes, pushed him all the way back, and tore all five of his chrysanthemums one by one.  

(Translated by Andreea-Daniela Vasilache / 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 almost daily. 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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