She's a saleswoman in Dragon. She has a small stand with panties. It's going well. He's a grifter, a freelancer as he likes to call himself. Today he buys a car, tomorrow he sells it, in the evening he loses the money at the slot machines. He's lucky to have her. He married her last year, she's a good girl, the housewife type, he should never leave her. Well, maybe just leave her pregnant. Today is the big day. Mario Roberto Alberto Tănase, daddy's pride, is born. Big party, barbecue, alcohol. Everyone is waiting for the picture with the heir. Surprise. Tănase is meid in China.
(Translated by Andreea-Simona Trufin / 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, setting their texts within the limit of 500 symbols (in Romanian language, so in English the limit might be a little different) - a flash-fiction exercise with an almost daily changed topic. 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.