Daddy, when will you come home? Tonight, my dear. Stay with mom and be a good girl. Daddy, I won't go to sleep until you come. Today I will invent something. Have you come, daddy? Mommy, put away your phone and come to me! Theere. Put your hands here, both of you. Don't be scared, it won't hurt. The girl drew them a little red heart inside a bigger red heart with a marker. I've just invented a spell, and you, daddy, will see that you won't go to work tomorrow anymore, and you, mommy, won't play with your phone. You'll both play with me. Now I'm off to sleep. Can't wait for tomorrow.

(Translated by Alexandr Cotar / 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, 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 every few days. 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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