I love mom. She encourages me. I am a good boy as well, yes. I do not go against her. I like it when she looks fondly at me. My chest fills with pride when she holds my hand in her delicate palms and tells me I'm her sweetie. She even bought me a bottle containing a milky liquid for my face for when I'm going to shave my barely growing moustache. Apparently, it's better than dad's cuz' it doesn't irritate the skin. I would try his if it meant I could find a chick like her.
(Translated by Jin Cristian Yang / 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, setting their texts within the limit of 500 symbols (in Romanian language, so in English the limit might be a little different) - a flash-fiction exercise with an almost daily changed topic. 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.