As a bus passed by on the street, my grandmother would lift me in her arms over the fence behind it. See, that's why I'm warning you not to go outside the yard. This is full of killers. They walk around and kidnap children and skin them alive. Fortunately, few buses passed through Cujmir. Sometimes I pushed my luck and ran away. One day, a bus like this full of assassins stopped right in front of our yard. I followed them. They were dressed as if they were going to the beach. I also saw the stolen children. They were playing, laughing and waving at me through the window.

(Translated by Iuliana Mocanu / 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 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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