Men are like women during pms, just that all the time. Friendly like cavemen, everything irritates them. A comet-shaped stain on sandstone portends the apocalypse. If you want to talk to them about a superfluous idea from last night's comedy, they take you through the meaning of the lives of others and the theory of the burnt match. If, God forbid, you're the driver, buckle up because they're ten classes above your mother-in-law when it comes to arguing. They're awful during shopping. They forgot half the list, but filled the basket with unnecessary products. At least our is passing.

(Translated by Diana Paşcanu / 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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