When we were young, I was so shy that I put on my glove and let her talk to it. She did the same with the pink glove knitted by my grandmother and the hands with high voices debated for minutes on end about the shape of that cloud. Later, when I took out the laundry from the washing machine I used to place a sock on each hand, I let them talk to each other and mate. It was on the bathroom floor that we conceived the twins who keep my hands busy even more than the socks that help me put on shows for them, in her memory.

(Translated by Ruxandra Adriana Dodoiu / 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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