I was 11 years old when the Seventh Grade Student, Dima had landed in my history book. There wasn't any other way because my mom had coldly said: you can read it when you're older. My five years older sister's giggles excited me, so I was reading it on the sly. I had started to see the rainbow on which Grig and Lotte were floating, kissing each other, when my mom entered the room. What are you studying for? Fooor history.. about Greece. She took the book out of my hands and suddenly, at the end of the barely spotted rainbow I saw stars. Go, see what it says in The Legends of Olympus.
(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.