Bro, I'm not getting out of here. I hear that it's awful on the other side. That's when I hear something because most of the time these big ones whisper. Bro, a few times I took some nudges while in line for cutlery. It's nice only when I turn the radio louder and hear the hits. That's when I can fall asleep quietly in a corner of the womb. When I'm not sleeping I stutter through the amniotic fluid. I'm fine. Although it is not really a five-star all-inclusive accommodation, grilled bologna is given quite often. And yet, willingly or unwillingly, 37 years ago a few days ago, I was born: a lovely girl.

(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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