has one room, a door and a window through which, if you look inside, you can see a table, a closet and a bed. On the table there is blooming lilac. In the closet there rest milky-white sheets, covered in lavender scent. On the bed there jumps a little girl, trying to reach the ceiling with her hand. But the ceiling is so high that, try as she might, the tiny little soul cannot even brush its surface with her fingertips. With each passing second, the chalky sky seems to get further away, swallowing the entire world which turns into a teardrop for the grandparents who are sadly missed.

(Translated by Valentina Mihai / 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 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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