She had brought her into the world in a hovel at the town's limit. One day, she left to get cigarettes and juice from the train station and she went off. She left her there, wrapped in the pink blanket crochet by her grandmother. At some point, the grandmother died and the little girl was taken by the Social Services. Without mercy, they carried it like a sack of potatoes from the orphanage to the orphanage. When she too fell into sin, child with child, Social Services wanted to take it away from her. This child is all I have. And he will never be alone, you leprosy.

(Translated by Laura-Elena Dobrin / 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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