First, I was with an architect. He was very good at planning, except that he used to make plans with other chicks too. A jerk. So then, I met a Formula 1 driver. Live in the moment, he always told me. And yeah, yeah, I kept living to the fullest until I got pregnant. Then I had no choice but to be with a gardener. What a cool mindset he has: doesn't matter who plants the seed, what's important is to reap the fruit. Bless him. I only fear a fight that'd put us at knife-edge, \'cause then I'll really need a cook or a surgeon. Whichever may be, I'm not a fool to be fussy.

(Translated by Ecaterina Bucovanu / 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 September 2022, the group has 9,250 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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