From now on you will do what I tell you. Honey, where else do I have to mop? Did you vacuum? Yes. Everywhere? Yes. In the bedroom too? Yes, my love. Did you finish so quickly? Yes, my bunny. Sure? Yes, the love of my life. Behind the fridge too? Sweetheart, if I tell you that I cleaned everywhere, that there is no spot left? God, what a man's treasure I have. I never dreamed of such a thing. Yes, my little sparrow. And at dinner? Did you get something to cook or are we starving? Chinese duck with wooden ears. It took some time to assembly it. Huh.

(Translated by Ana-Maria Muşetescu / 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 July 2021, the group has 6.800 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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