I had a doll just once, my bro ripped her head off in one go. I didn't get angry. Ilinca has an old upright piano in her room. Ilinca is my friend. We don't play with the other girls and we don't like dolls in general.
When we get dolls, the convention is to undress them, to scribble spots on them with markers and put them in the corner in quarantine. Once we have sorted them out, we lean on the piano and drink juice, and if Ilinca's mother isn't at home we play "Puppe" by Rammstein with the volume turned to maximum until the neighbors get hysterical.

(Translated by Diana-Maria Croitoru / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year I / Corrected by Professor James Brown)

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 January 2021, the group has 3.000 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 almost daily. The group's coordinators are Florin Piersic Jr., Gabriel Molnar, and Luchian Abel. (Drawing by Adrian T. Roman)

*Versiunea în română a acestui text se poate citi aici, în rubrica Ficțiuni Reale.

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