Retuta, grandma's girl, will take you downhill. It's different there. There will be light. What is that, light, grandma? Your hands won't smell of gas anymore, ​​she laughed, carefully wiping the lamp glass. You will go to school. What is that school, grandma? You'll never smell like dung, she sighed. And I won't see you again? You will see me again, grandma, as long as God wants it. Can't I bring you light too? Leave me, I'm old. You must come out of the darkness and go. I didn't know how dark it could be where there was light.

(Translated by Andreea Denisa Dinu / 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 April 2023, the group has 11,000 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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