I had developed his personality for 9 months and he brought me absolute happiness. She was the center of my universe, a mini me, with curious and playful eyes, who melted my every anguish with her smile. The years passed in the blink of an eye, me trying to protect her, her father being the reason for her frustrations. Our divorce changed her. Now she dreams monsters and recently she thinks sheis one. We went from besties to enemies. I sleep with the light on. The last time I confiscated her phone she grinned at me holding a knife in her hand. You are not my mother.

(Translated by Diana Stănescu / 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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