Granny had a big lime tree in the chicken yard. When my mother used to take me there on summer holidays, I used to wonder about how big it was. It seemed older than Granny, who had white hair and walked hunched over, leaning on a cane. I never asked her how old was that tree. I once held a freshly hatched chicken in my fist until it stopped moving. Granny didn't scold me, she just told me not to touch their fluff for their mother wouldn't recognize them anymore. She had a lot of love to spare my granny, and not just for the three.

(Translated by Ana-Maria Batog / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year I / 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 May 2023, the group has 11,260 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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