You're too tall. Your tits are pretty small. You're quite skinny. You dress like a boy. You listen to Satanist music. You only read nonsense. You took 9, you won't achieve anything in life. Your cousin has got married, you are looking for long hair boys. The neighbor bought his house, you haunt the world in vain. You don't know how to make good stuffed cabbage. You don't believe in anything. You're making fun of everything. You go after utopias. You are naughty. You teach your daughter to be like also you. You were born in vain on February 1 because you are always the last in everything.

(Translated by Irina Giurgiu / 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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