The fifth one is making on my nerves, he's nagging me, he's driving me crazy. Also probably because with him the number is not even. I admit, this is my problem. And also because he is the youngest one. And me, the first child in the family, knows perfectly how it is. They firstly talked over your stroller and your place next to mum in bed, then all your toys, clothes, shoes. But most of all, he is useless, and he brags about it. The rest, one is doing one thing, the next one another, the third one is cutting needles and the fourth one is baking some pie. And him? You hear from him squeash, squeash.

(Translated by Luciana-Maria Buruiană / 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 October 2022, the group has 9,400 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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