I looove you, Juliet. Me tooo, Romeo. But Romică, I heard your mum is coming to visit us. And? Man, out of all days, she decides to come tomorrow when I go out with my girls for a glass of wine. And? And she'll come at me again, twisting and turning everything against me. Shut up, darling, she'll bring cake and cabbage rolls, things that you don't cook, she'll vacuum, and she's not gonna stay too long, unlike your mother who sits on the top of the bed when she comes over, demanding Prosecco from Lidl as if she bathed in champagne all her life; and not to mention her blocking the TV on soap operas for a week. Every Romeo has his Juliet and every Romeo and Juliet have their mothers-in-law.

(Translated by Elena Crețu / 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 February 2022, the group has 7,950 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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