I don't remember the exact day, but I know that I was wearing unisex cotton diapers and I was living in the orphanage on the hill, waiting for something to happen. Not that it hadn't happened before, on the contrary, but I had already been sitting around for some time. Then, one day, some extremely emotional strangers decided, while holding hands, that I was theirs. I didn't talk to them for a while, even I knew that you weren't allowed to talk to strangers, but because they kept on coming, laughing and playing with me, I called them Mom and Dad and left with them.

(Translated by Tania Diniță / 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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