And, man, how good we felt. Those friends had come to us and I had talked to my wife about making a BBQ. The jar was ready. I had put a row of meat on the grill and we were all around the fire. Each of us had a cold beer in his hand. Dude, how much we were laughing. When, what can you see. The back door opens and my mother-in-law appears with her sunglasses on her nose. Bro, she's as fat as a UFO: small head, thin legs and a big belly. That's where I think she keeps her questions. She did not forgive anyone. She still found out and all the fun was gone.

(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 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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