Good afternoon, my name is Mother. This wasn't my name from the beginning. The thing is, ever since I've become a mother, I found myself in need to find solutions for a bunch of problems. Last time I couldn't find Rița, a 13 lei sheep which fiendishly laughs at me each time we search the house to find it. Another time, I had to put back the buggers into a tiny nose, because the pain of losing them was too great. Now I hear Mother, Mother and I just sit here in the store room, because, bloody hell if I know how to force the sun to not go to America anymore.

(Translated by Camelia Băluță / 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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