Listen you child, this is the first and last time I'm writing to you, mark my words. I've been watching you in the hope that you'll come to your senses without me meddling in, but it's hopeless. So, first of all, no more turning the water into wine, for God's sake, because you give ideas to people and it's not you're place to do so. Second of all, stop multiplying bread and fish. Nonsense. Don't you see their ungratefulness. It's either the gluten or the bones, blah blah blah. And lastly, stop walking on the water or at least take off your shoes. Be good, play normally and grow up. Father.

(Translated by Elena Crețu / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year II / 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 September 2021, the group has 7.150 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 every few days. 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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