Where is the child? In the bathroom, obviously. She brushes her hair alone for the first day of school. Okay, okay, the father snapped, but she's been there for an hour. Daddy pressed his ear to the door and held his breath. Oh, something's wrong. Hurry up, we're running late. We are waiting for you. Okay, I'm going out now, stop yelling. The door slowly opened, and the little girl appeared in the frame with the scissors in one hand and the lock of hair from her forehead in the other. Just fix me, parents. Time had stopped. Mommy, only you told me, I love you no matter what you do.

(Translated by Ana-Maria Mușetescu / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year II / 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 March 2023, the group has 10,790 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, Luchian Abel, and Vlad Mușat. (Drawing by Adrian T. Roman)

Versiunea în română a acestui text se poate citi aici, în rubrica Ficțiuni Reale.

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