Make sure to get milk, diapers, baby wipes. Shhh, mommy's coming. Get some pacifiers too. There, there, don't cry, mommy's here. Come back quickly, alright? She throws the phone on the table and worriedly paces through the room. Thunder and lightning, it's hard being a mother. She goes to her children, she tucks them in, sings to them. Their little eyes are fixed on her. These kids never sleep, she says with a pout. Then she looks up at me: I don't want to hear you complaining again. You only have me. What am I going to do? I have twenty-four dolls and I think the Easter Bunny will be bring me another. Sigh.

(Translated by Cristina Fliter / 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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