very upset. I can't wait to grow up and change my name. It's only bringing me trouble. I saw it misspelled in all the ways: Jonny, Jony, Joni, Jhonny, Johny, Jonnhy. What's so difficult? I wonder if even the widest known Johnnys of the world deal with this. I pity the poor fellows. Well, as I was saying, don't bother misspelling my name anymore, because from now it will be Joaquin. I'll show you. You'll remember me. 18-year-old Johnny looks at his new ID and sees Joaqueen. But what have I ever done to you, madam?

(Translated by Cătălina-Diana Teliban / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year II / 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 4.300 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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