Do not ever depend on a man. Work, have your own money. Be strong. This is not worth crying about. Drop it, don't be upset. Learn a lot so you can become somebody. Never mind what grade your colleague got, why couldn't you do better? You're not telling the truth, you can't possibly know that. I am right, am I not? You have no idea what you are talking about. Aren't you ashamed? You are a walking sluggard. No one will marry you. I am surprised that I have come this far, with all of the transgenerational teachings I carry within me. Stop.

(Translated by Delia-Maria Cocoş / 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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