I leave the store with loaded bags, tired and annoyed. Fuck all of us. As I get home, the little one greets me: arms up. Where's your dad? He's sleeping. I get angry and swear in my mind, I drop the bags on the tile to cool off. I raise my hands to get rid of the child too, he shoots me with excitement. I see the happiness and innocence in his eyes. He's a good kid. Fuck, I say it out loud, the Nutella jar broke. He makes a long face. He's glaring hate at me. I messed it up. I could just see him in ten years at the hearing. How did all this get started? Well

(Translated by Iulia-Teodora Urea / 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 April 2021, the group has 5.600 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, Răzvan Penescu, 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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