Come on, mom, get over it, you're overreacting. So, Adi wasn't good, because he drank a lot and spent the money on slot machines, you didn't like Gicu because his skin was too white, Florin not so much, because he didn't have all his teeth in his mouth, with the priest's boy, batman, he's out of my league. It's not Titel's, because he's retired and cardiac, what should I do with Mario, so young, semolina with milk? Would the Eiffel Tower be good for me? Who? A Frenchman, old man. Tall, handsome, has a fortune, his father is dead, the world knows him, but he is already married to another crazy woman.

(Translated by Ana-Maria Mușetescu / 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 August 2022, the group has 9,000 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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