My name is Dan. My mom calls me Danutz whereas my dad calls me Ma' Man. I was born six months ago. My parents think I don't understand what they are saying. He's so little, I can hear them say. Ha. They're such losers. I can understand everything just by looking at them. Ha. They're so funny. They have no idea I can have them do my way whenever I want to. Do I want my mom to hold me in her arms? All it takes is a little fuss and a wet diaper and there I am. When I don't feel like eating banana and biscuits, bleah, I pull a long face, maybe shed a tear, and there's my dad to rescue me: For God's sake, woman, why don't you breastfeed him if that's what makes him happy?

(Translated by Elena Florea / 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 March 2021, the group has 4.500 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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