I could hear them from the next room, as they clashed in their opinions and my mother tried to say something too, in the midst of so many enlightened minds. Madam, he's a genius. He's got an IQ of 156, he's solved all the tests, he's cleared out all the chicken and the egg debate. But wait a minute, we don't have a chick... Ma'am, you don't understand, your child is a genius. They told her all that through a microphone that damages your eardrum beyond repair. But I also mean to say. Another voice. Madam, you don't know what a remarkable child you have. And then I pissed into the outlet.

(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 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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