It has invisible buttons and it presses them on its own. 1, Walks into life, next to the chosen man, who flourishes, fed, washed, ironed and loved. The house laughs, blinking its sunny windows. 2, the first baby appears, she worked quite hard, but who cares when the house when the house is all laughter and playtime. 3, the second baby, 4, 5, traffic, after school, homework and personal classes mostly after midnight. 10001, grandmother, reads stories to her grandchildren while she takes the cake out of the oven. God, how many buttons did you give to her? Countless.

(Translated by Ioana Oacheşu / 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 June 2021, the group has 6.650 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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