A lady and a candy, from the 5th.A gentleman and a handshake, up to the 4th.A mother with a child who stared at me the whole way, from the 9th.Two boys who pushed each other until they got to the 7th.An old lady and a peppermint, from the 2nd. Some children I traded with, to 10th. Two old men with a chess board and lollipops, from the 3rd. Then my mother called me. I didn't scare anyone, the catch was poor and I didn't see Mina either. I turned small, opened my wings and went away. Maybe she'd let me next year too.

(Translated by Andreea Denisa Dinu / 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 January 2023, the group has 10,220 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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