They were adapted to each situation. Bright and obedient to parents and grandparents, quiet at school and sly with friends, romantic and tender with daughters-turned-lovers and mothers, monkeyish and playful with the brats of the house, tough and determined at work, wise and advising with offspring who had grown up, helping hand and shoulder to rely on to elders who had shrunk. Sometimes they got into trouble, becoming harsh with their parents and obedient to their children, romantic at work or monkeying around with their lovers. Having to give them a name, I called them I.

(Translated by Angelica Ioana Curcan / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year II / Corrected by prof. Eliana Ionoaia / 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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