Come here and learn how to make cabbage rolls because you're getting married tomorrow. What tictoc, girl. You'll have enough of it when my son sees that you don't know how to cook for him. Cause he doesn't marry you so you can sit with the phone in your hands like a stooge every morning. Don't you dare to think that you get married and the next day you can make tictoc in your mother's house. Because what is a marriage certificate, an unpaid workbook. And don't slam the door. Thank God, it was harder this time, but my Baby escaped for the third time.

(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 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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