When he is sad, he leans on me with his forehead and is looking straight to the floor, when he is nostalgic, he is looking at the family picture stuck in me with a screw, when he is in the mood for some movement he hits my back with a tennis ball and with the tennis racket when he is mad when he comes home with a girl he sticks her on me and makes her scream some animal sounds when he is a dreamer he is looking at me, as if he does not even see me, when he does not like me anymore he paints my face. Yesterday he wrote on me: Sebi has been here. Next week he is moving out. I will miss him.

(Translated by Beatrice-Ioana Huruială / 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 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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