Bubu where did you meet granny? At the prom. Was she pretty? Nah, thin as a stick with large boobs. Don't lie to the child. If I was ugly I wouldn't have gotten third place at Miss Freshman. Yeah, whatever. I asked her to dance, then I walked her to the dorms and we arranged for a date. Thing is, by the next day, I forgot which room she stayed in. And? And I told a girl who was going into the dorms a number at random. She stuck her head out the window and yelled: Too bad. The bath's at 101. Still, granny came down, because she was lurking by the window. I came out of pity, wise guy.

(Translated by Jin Cristian Yang / 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 January 2022, the group has 7.830 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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