The first time it happened, he was a very small child. At why-are-you-crying-you-snotty-little-brat-you're-just-like-your-mother he got scabies, at do-you-know-how-much-mommy-loves-you it wasn't that bad, his eyes were watery and he got a runny nose. Once, he sneezed for a whole day after his teacher had asked him where his homework was, at her do-you-love-me he held on strong although his skin was itchin' but at do-you-take-her-as-your-lawfully-wedded-wife it was the worst, his neck swelled up, he barely got to snort the yes before he passed out. Now he goes from doctor to doctor to get a certificate which states he is allergic to questions.

(Translated by Ana Stănilă / 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 October 2021, the group has 7.275 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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