Do you want to go home with us? No. My father is coming to take me home from school. I'll be waiting for him, you should go. The kids went all to their homes, and I stayed to wait for him. At the time we didn't have mobile phones. Many people didn't have even a landline. I imagined how my father would enter the school gate and I would jump into his arms, with so much soar that he would stagger, even though he is big and strong. I didn't see him in such a long time. I wore a small watch on my wrist, an Ore. I kept looking at it. An hour passed by. I am waiting.
(Translated by Maria Cătălina Moisescu / 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.