She was hard on the child who had come late in her life, after many tries. She had taught him everything one could think of. At 5 years old, he amazed everyone. I'm going to make a man out of him. Mother's heart was hurting and she would have clutched him to her chest, she would have liked to see him play like all the other kids did. She couldn't defy her husband, who was adamant. One day when the father returned from work he found a large DOWN WITH DAD written on the wall. His eyes watered, he bit his lip, and retreated to his room. From that moment on, everything changed.

(Translated by Bianca Ioana Prisecaru / 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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