3, 2, 1. Wait a minute, I can't see you from top left, get closer to one another. OK, now: 3, someone wake grandma up, please. Grandma, hi. Once again: 3, 2, Mişu, get your finger out of your nose, 1, do you want that dog in the picture or not? And... don't cry, Mişulică, I didn't mean to raise my voice, I know that nose hygiene is important, I'm sorry. Come on, shall we continue? At 3, 2, 1 say cheese. Weep, weep. Don't run, Dora, the food's not ready yet, come back. Look at the camera. And that's the family portrait. Happy birthday.

(Translated by Oana 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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