Rock, paper, scissors. Ha, I beat you, you have to make me popcorn and we watch cartoons. One for me, one for you, ha, I fooled you, I stole it. She shrinks into her arms, smells the scent she greedily inhales as her favourite voice sings to her. Mama's got a little girl who's very small, mama's got a little girl who's very beautiful. She smiles without her front teeth and covers her with kisses. Mommy, pretty please, when the clock strikes and Daddy comes to turn on my light, don't go back to the stars. I miss you so much.

(Translated by Lenuța Bejenaru / 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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