I lie to my husband once a week. On that day, I get out of work, buy a piece of cake and wait in front of the house. At 5 sharp she shows, my heart goes crazy. We take a walk in the park, sit on a bench, I give her the piece of cake and she gives me a drawing in which she laughs, between two mothers. Since I've found her, I am living for that day when I get to hold my baby in my arms. You can't raise a child by yourself, finish high-school, my folks told me. It will be better for her, I lied to myself. Now I'm only lying to my husband. I tell him that I go to the therapist.

(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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