Mother, take me to the therapist. Talk to me, I've been through the same phases as you. Mother, take me to the therapist. You need a best friend, to talk to one another. Mother, take me to the therapist. Stay calm, you're normal. Manga, emo, animes, you're influenced, you're goth. This is how teenagers are, they don't speak enough, they are restless and lack an identity, you hate yourselves like fools. Mother, take me to the therapist. Ok, I'll take you, but first clean the bathrooms, vacuum the house and change the bedsheets. Forget about it, I don't need any therapist anymore.

(Translated by Dragoş Frangulea / 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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