Granny, did you put lipstick on? I've been sitting here for an hour, people coming in, leaving, sighing while I tell grandma what shenanigans I've been up to, 'cause now she won't be scolding me anymore.
Granny, why is your face yellow? An aunt is trying to lure me out to play with my idiot cousins. I'll pass.
Granny, they've prepared a photo for your grave, it doesn't look anything like you, will you let me color it? I'll go grab my markers and draw her big, green eyes, pink hair and purple lips.
Look, granny, I also gave you kitty ears. And a little heart.
(Translated by Ana Stănilă / 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 February 2021, the group has 4.300 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.