For pity's sake, I asked for one thing only. She had to go to nana with a query from me and bring me the answer. The kiddie ain't listened to me. She stopped by a pal to play some Pokemon or so and then send the pal's kid sister to nana. This one stopped by the pizzeria and gave the message to a kiddie that was ridin' an electric tricycle. I know not what this one kiddie did, but I ain't got nothing back. I should've send Marița to nana, 'cos a neighbour spoke that even if you send her to hell she comes back with what ya need.

(Translated by Mihaela Dumitrescu / 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 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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