It is said that a man as great as I am is any woman's dream, yet I preferred to be my mother's dream. However, at 40 years old I decided to portray myself as a bachelor. Change is hard, it comes from inside. Mommy formed my inside. How could I remove mommy from my walls? I can't. Still, I changed the exterior. Now, I'm lifting, I take bimbos out for pricey drinks, I only wear brand name clothes, I reek of cologne. An improved, fatal man, cuz' mommy is included with me. I even bring a nice stew. Let me toss your salad.

(Translated by Jin Cristian Yang / 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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