Two ladies in just their bikinis are lying in the sun and are having a chic chat. My baby is walking from one sheet to another on the beach and intriguingly stops at them, pointing his finger to them and happily shouting 'Ana, Ana, Ana'. The first lady tells him her name is Maria, and the other one gets up and introduces herself as Irina. My baby, with his eyes bigger than his stomach, hops around and keeps shouting happily. In order not to say out loud that he wants to be breastfed or other wondrous ideas, I taught my child that in these situations he should ask for Ana and I get what he means, it will be our secret.

(Translated by Luciana-Maria Buruiană / 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 August 2021, the group has 7.000 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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