As soon as we sat down, the photographer started to get agitated. He moves my father next to his brother, who stole a part of his inheritance, my mother next to her daughter-in-law, who is both stupid and lazy, that midget of a cousin next to my "magazine-cover" sister, my brother next to my cousin's wife, with whom he sleeps once a week. He makes my sister hold Miţi, whom she has tried to poison twice before. I am not telling you how the photo ended up looking. The only one smiling in the picture is me, the one who hired the photographer.

(Translated by Claudia Alexandra Văcărescu / 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 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 Ficţiuni Reale.

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