Grandma Anica is 80 years old. She's still strong and has a razor-sharp mind. She is the only one in the village that knows how to use her smartphone. She drove her neighbors crazy when she showed them the voice search on Google. Now, I'm in some kind of competition with her: who has the smartest gadget? She called me yesterday and asked if I can lend her some money until she receives her pension, because she wanted to buy a drone. Grandma, why do you need a drone? Well, to scare the suckers with the flying platter, to think that we are invaded by martians.

(Translated by Oana Georgiana Minea / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year I / 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 December 2021, the group has 7.750 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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