Since I retired, they call me three times a day: in the morning, the youngest, around noon, the middle child, and in the evening, the oldest. When they don't ring, they visit, in the same order. I can only imagine what a family meeting they had: she's out of her mind, we split the day in three and keep our eyes (and ears) on her. And at night? Let's hope she sleeps during the night. Old people go to bed early, that's a fact. I had to tell them I was going on a tour to see the relics so I could get out of the house. Blackjack, yahooo. What happens in Vegas, y'know.

(Translated by Marius-Alin Lazăr / 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 March 2022, the group has 8,050 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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