Reading relaxes me terribly. I read at night after I've tidied up the house, put some soup on the stove, drew a rainbow for Neluţu, I grab chocolate and beer and I get started. Within five minutes I hear from the bedroom: Mommy pee. I close the book, I rush to help him pee. I come back to the book. Child 2: Mommy, I'm pooping. Come on, you too. I deal with it and sit back down. I finish two pages and hear baby 3. I get my boobs ready before I go into the room, I deal with it and come back. I turn another page and I hear: Mommy, can we do something too, soft voice of a 38-year-old child. Only if I can read at the same time.

(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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