The children were asked to write a text of up to 250 characters containing the word "nowhere." They were not allowed to use quotation marks, dialogue lines, or exclamation marks. Gigel, Grigore's 9-year-old son, wrote the following text: I think my dad is colorblind. I heard mom scolding him in the bedroom: Grigore, you left for the office this morning with green underwear, and I see you've come back with these red ones. Where did you change them? Nowhere, Honey, dad answered, nowhere.

(Translated by Lorina Xiaoyu Hou / 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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