This woman is not for you. For God's sake, she has a child from a previous relationship. There are so many beauties on this earth and this is who you've picked? You deserve better. She definitely wants to trap you, so you can help her brat have a future. My motherly instinct tells me that something is wrong. Her Black Friday fake tears only make it worse. If you see her again, I will end my days and it will only be your fault. Can you live with that? You're being blinded, honey, I'm your mom, I want only what's best for you.

(Translated by Diana Stănescu / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year II / Corrected by prof. dr. Nadina Vișan / Edited 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 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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