Established for a while now in America, the woman announces her children that they'd spend the holiday in Romania. Protests: But you said you'd let us go to Vegas. What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. We want that. What's in Romania? The discussion ends with a couple of kicks in the butt. The pubescent moustaches land at their cousins who, to impress them, got them in the car and there they went. 2 weeks at seaside. So, how did you have fun? asked the woman when they got back, in awe of their Free of Pimples faces. What happens in Vama, stays in Vama, mom.

(Translated by Paula-Silvia Codescu / 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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