Mara has blackberries. I'm drawing this for you, dad, to hang on the wall. In my day, she used to have apples. One girl, Ana. The problem with you, grandpa, is that you're too old. Dumitru smiled. He loved this snotty little girl, and he thought sadly that in three more dead leaves and a gust of wind, Mara would leave for the city, leaving the house deserted. I'm going to be famous, Dumi. Look. I contoured my nose perfectly. You're so cool, pickle. Tears came to his eyes when he said that girl's name. Don't worry, I miss her too.   

(Translated by Medeea Alexandra Stan / 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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