Her mother had jokingly confessed to her, more seriously, the missed moment of recovery, after the birth that left her traumatized for life. When he entered the room with the newborns, he took the little girl in the crib next to him. It seemed perfect, a miniature copy of her own beauty. She held the baby to her chest for long minutes. Eventually he heard the nurse scream, this lady is yours. He looked at her and it wasn't love at first sight. She apologized amusedly, alas, she's ugly, her father.

(Translated by Bianca Dumitru / 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 4.300 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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