My husband was clear on the subject. We're having children until we get a boy. When the first child was born I was happy. It was a girl. I'd always wanted to have a little girl. After the twelfth girl I asked him if he wouldn't rather wait for them to have children themselves. To be grandfather to a little boy. When we had twins his hopes grew. Then they diminished, but he still wouldn't give up. For nearly half my life I've been pregnant. He turned up on the twenty-fourth try. We called him Victor, from victory. My husband is happy. At last. The girls are teaching him how to paint his nails.

(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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