Alina, where is my eyeliner? And the red lipstick? I think I'm going crazy with this child. If she doesn't become a painter or at least a make-up artist, I don't know what I'll do. Come on, what did you do with them? I promise mommy is not going to get mad at you. Good, a drawing of the black kitty and the witch eating red apples. And where did the teacher tell you to draw? Wherever you want? I don't think that's what the teacher said, but it doesn't matter anymore. Come on, show mommy where the drawing is. Good job, now we have a patterned refrigerator.

(Translated by Mălina Ioana Butaru / 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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