He would rap her hands at every wrong key, making her knuckles bleed, under the pretext that this was the only way she would learn to pay attention. Juilliard was his dream, not hers. Do-Dominus, Re-Rerum, Mi-Miraculum. Whack, whack. Again. No more, Dad, I beg you. Again, I said. Whack. Do-Dominus, Re-Rerum, Si-Siderae, La-Lactea Via, La-Lactea Via, Si-Siderae, Do-Dominus. From the top. Blood trickled from her ring finger onto the pearly white keyboard and she stood staring at the solfeggio. Her staff needed a sol-solis.

(Translated by Anca Cristina Georgiana Mihai / 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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