Baby, did I got fat? Nu. Baby, do you like my pierced nails? Of course, they're fantastic. How about the implants, baby? Oh yeah, worth every penny. She's let out a dumb laughter, blinking the too long fake lashes and loudly chewing bubble gum while twisting a hair extension on her finger. But baaaby it's my birthday tomorrow, I'm turning 20 and you don't even care? Pfff, I've completely forgot, my daughter had the baccalaureate exam, and I had been looking for a car for her. He says Happy Birthday and throws her a card. PIN 1984, don't call me tomorrow. Thanks baby. I love you too.

(Translated by Ana Spînu / 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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