As soon as she heard the car pulling up in front of the house, Livia ran to the gate. Even though her left hip was hurting today, who had time to feel it? She opened the gate wide and her smile lit up her face: grandma's little one. Mihăiță came stomping over and hugged her legs, then asked to be picked up. Grandma, I missed you so much. You smell like donuts. He shouted to the car: I told you grandma will make donuts! Then, as if he just noticed his grandma's face, he turned to her amazed: Grandma, the sun with many rays rises on your face when you smile.

(Translated by Beatrice-Ioana Huruială / 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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