My hob, hobby, hobbies are clothes and bags. I like to have as many and expensive as possible. And I also like dancing at the club. And going on holidays with my baby. I liked Dubai best. It was so beautiful. Because it was cold back home, but it was hot there and I got a tan. Yes, my baby is the best, he always buys me clothes and bags and shoes. Because he wants me to be the hottest. Right, baby? He won't answer, he doesn't like being filmed. He's afraid his wife might see him.

(Translated by Lenuţa Bejenaru / 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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