Since the intervention I've been a new woman. The dual-brain option helps me a lot. Now I use the new one more often, B2. Babe complimented me, my mother-in-law appreciated my tart, I no longer scold my kids, and I praise my colleagues. This summer is wonderful. I'll be sexier with short hair. I switch to B1 only when I look in the mirror. Şerban told me I look bad this thin, the mother-in-law spits poison and the kids are very noisy. It's my last summer. I'm going to die of cancer. Better switch to B2. Tomorrow's a new day.

(Translated by Oana-Roxana Dicilea / 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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