Grandma really worships cleanliness. Okay, scientifically speaking, it's called obsessive-compulsive disorder, but she had no official diagnosis. At her house, you were not allowed to run your hand through your hair and you were not allowed to run, because you would raise a cloud of dust and leave hair. Also, you were not allowed to touch the cabinet window, the tight curtain or the white refrigerator, so as not to soil them. My mother followed in her footsteps, but I'm the icing on the cake. I have an irrational fear of vacuuming and other cleaning utensils.

(Translated by Anca Cristina Ilie / 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, 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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