And what if you're short and bald? My sweet gnome. Don't mind my mother's words, even pandas have dark circles under their eyes. What do you men you're fat? You're just fluffy. It's like I'm sitting on a pillow, for real. Leave your hair on your chest, don't cut it, at least I can fall on something soft when I'm tired of cleaning up after you. That's it, I am going to the market, I'm cooking something good today, kitten. You sit on the couch and play with the remote control. Want some beer? No, I didn't suffer any side effects, as the nosy sibling believe. I am over 30 years old and I am not married.

(Translated by Alina-Mihaela Burciu / 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 Ficțiuni Reale.

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