In the year 2000. When we weren't kids anymore. My daughter. First grade. She was crying. That they had been asked. At school. For homework. On the computer. In Word. And drawings. In Paint. On the printer. And I made them. A PC. Out of parts. Junk. 486 DX4. Windows 95. Office 97. 56 modem. Dial-up Internet. Enjoyed it. On her birthday. December. Before Christmas. I installed it. Mario. And Luigi. And she laughed. And played. And learnt. And grew up. She's in America now. And she has. A real character. He runs around the yard. And goes to kindergarten. And she's happy.

(Translated by Andreea-Iulia Ciucă / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year II / 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 December 2022, the group has 9,880 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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