I was suffering from Mother Teresa complex and thought it was my duty to change her diaper. Upon the slightest gasp or whimper, I would give myself and everything up and go change her. It was exhausting. I'd change her, wrap her in my positive energy and tell her it'll all be fine. Then, a lullaby to help her fall asleep. I had many sleepless nights. But I got tired and I'm not that Mother. So I invented the compostable diaper, made from leaves and damp clay. I only brush through her stars before bed. What a wonderful world.

(Translated by Eleonora Manea / 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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