My daughter was saying to me, fluttering her long eyelashes in front of my tired eyes: I'm smart, I'm beautiful, I love math to death, I read more than you've read in your whole life, I'm cool, mommy, and you're lucky I'm yours. I'm doing you a favor. So what if you tell me I'm a snob, that I'm not humble, that I'm messy and chaotic, antisocial and lacking empathy? Do you think I care? Maybe that's how geniuses are, but you wouldn't know anyway, because you're not one of us.

(Translated by Ana-Maria Batog / 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 July 2022, the group has 8,750 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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