But I actually think he heard it on TV. Coco is very bright and can reproduce and can reproduce sounds like a tape recorder. Sometimes it's not so nice because he bluntly screams some sounds as if he had Tourettes because well, I swear a lot. I'm a sworn traveler and when I'm away my wife watches some nonsense TV shows. I think that's where Coco heard these things from: Fănel, how big it is, you will kill me, Fănel, ahhh. And exactly like this you hea again and again. However, I don't understand why this thing keeps crooning when imitating my wife's voice.

(Translated by Ioana Negrea / 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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