Look, granny, you hold it to your ear so can hear me from the other room. Well, you think a smarfone is what I need? Can't you speak a bit louder? Granny, you can talk from anywhere, even from another country. And you can send SMSs. 'Tis what? Some telegrams. You text your neighbour to come visit you. Well, I walk to Saveta myself so I'm the one visitin''er. You can also take pictures. But who wants them pictures of an old hag? Only if you had a cross to stick it to. You better move aside so I can turn the cauldron over. On the wooden cutting board and then instantly online, one steaming #polenta was smiling.

(Translated by Andra Daiana Păuna / 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 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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