She was performing witchcraft. That's what she would tell me when I was younger as well. She would make me believe that the reason she stayed awake was to blend memories, hopes and small bits of illusions, then, out of the resulting tincture, she would be able to drink a drop in order to attract lucky stars. You spent the night thinking about all kinds of things again, didn't you, I asked. She didn't mutter a word, opting for a deep yawn instead. I was waiting patiently for her to tell me something, anything really. She has been more silent lately. And that's when I would take my leave, dropping the groceries on the table. See you tomorrow, grandma.

(Translated by Adelina-Maria Mănăilescu / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year I / Corrected 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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