I urge you to believe in miracles today. In these simple things, in front of which our soul hums with joy, with innocence and with freedom. In the wonderful thing that is called life and which surprises us daily by giving us new challenges. The last news I'm giving you today are about me. About my son and my daughter-in-law who made an incredible confession to me, long awaited and amazing. Last night I officially became a grandmother. I appreciate all of your thoughts and I am sharing my greatest joy with you.

(Translated by Claudia Cioplea / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year I / 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 February 2023, the group has 10,500 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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