Daddy, is it illegal to have relatives overseas? Yes, dearest. And you're not allowed to send them letters? Not really. But are you allowed to listen to the radio at night? You're not. How about telling jokes about people who stutter? That's also not allowed. Were you illegal when you had a beard and long hair? Yes. What a shame, I really liked you back then. And what about when mommy went to the hospital, had she done something illegal? She had, little one, but don't tell anyone. Is it true that these laws are passed by that mister on TV? Yes. Why not choose someone better to replace him? Can't be done, it's illegal.

(Translated by Bianca-Maria Ciucașu / 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 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 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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