Alfonso was 14 years old and 96 kg. His mother chases him from dawn till dusk, stuffing some good treat in his mouth. At school, the form mistress sent him to the doctor. He had to eat more fruits and less chocolate. The doctor also prescribed him to go to the gym, to his mother concern. The diet program recommended 2 km per day of running on the treadmill. After a month, Alphonso had 98 kg. The stuff members from the gym got used with a terrified mother and an obese child who for every step on the treadmill would have gotten one raising in the chocolate.

(Translated by Camelia Băluţă / 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 May 2021, the group has 6.400 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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