I was running on the field with the boys, and as a girl, I couldn't handle the boyish norms, so I was threatening to cry out for my older brother. There was never an older brother but it wasn't hard to invent one, a good mix between Bruce Lee and Keanu Reeves. The threat worked until a chubby boy cried out for his older brother. He had juvenile acne and the quality of being real. He smacked me so hard I saw stars in every color of the rainbow. At the end of the rainbow was my unborn brother: what's up, sis.
(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.