I'm on the balcony, hanging out laundry to dry. Rust is trickling down the wall from the wet nails. The sight is captivating, I take a photo on the phone. I got a message from my daughter. She is studying at a classmate. I text her good luck. Her classmate has just went live filming herself while removing a pimple in the mall bathroom. I see her father walking up the alley with angel wings. I prey he won't say anything important. Upon entering, he goes: Baby, even in tracksuit, you are the most beautiful woman on earth. And I believe him.

(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 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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