I had an argument with my wife. It started from a Kitsch, that's what she says is the model I put in the living room. I say it's a real gem, it's a Mercedes. A large model that catches everyone's eye. It also attracted my wife's eyes, but in a bad way. She claims that "that abomination" must disappear from the room. I don't want it to disappear. And that's how we argued for a few days. Luckily, my son came by and said he liked it and that I should give it to him, to display it in his living room. I gave it to him, well, I couldn't argue with my wife forever.

(Translated by Andreea-Simona Trufin / 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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