Come on, Georgeta, I know you can do it. Hold tight. I can't Ma, don't you see? It's wiggling around. Maybe it's on the blink, let me check. No, there is no shit fucking wrong with it, this is your fault, you've put on weight, it's just about to crackle. I didn't get fat. What's the big deal? You need balance, that's all. I'm trying, but it slips through my legs. Georgeta, you're 15 and you still don't know how to use it, all the girls know how, except you. And what if anything happens to me? It's better to die riding it as an overweight witch, than remaining a mere mortal.

(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, 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, 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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