She would have given him the moon from the sky. He didn't want it. If she gave him food, he would chew with his mouth closed and swallow nicely. If she told him to sleep, he would close his eyes, he would stay where she put him. She went to doctors, she would have given them the moon from the sky. They didn't want it. He was born blind, madam, we can't do anything. She went to priests. It's God's willing, woman. The moon stayed in its place. One night, she read him about rainbows and buried treasures. He wanted a rainbow too. She made him a paper kite in all the seven colors. At the end of it, a child like all children.

(Translated by Mălina Ioana Butaru / 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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