20.05.2021

Mom, why don't you have heeled shoes, like Paul's mom? And why don't we have a nanny, like Iris? And why don't you make a daily cake, like Vlad's grandmother? I got annoyed and told the child that I was a fairy and I didn't need all that. He looked at me suspiciously. What kind of fairy? What is your strength? All I could think of was the Balloon Fairy. I went to the bathroom (I told him I had to do some magic), applied gel and water to my nose and prayed that it would be like every night when I remove my make-up. It worked. I blew balloons out of my nostrils. Baloney. Win-win.

(Translated by Alma Teodora Miron / 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 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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