A week ago, his mother came from the hospital with a little brother. They say the stork brought him; but couldn't the stork come home? In that area, the custom was to visit the mom with soup pots and sarmale, with cakes and liqueurs, with home-cooked food. Wow, that's great, thought Georgica. Look, Uncle Ion gave me 5 lei; I drank soft drinks and sparkling water. I ate sponge cake and all sorts of cookies; they're all so cheerful. I had a sip of beer when my mum wasn't paying attention. Georgică, what do you wanna be when you grow up? A father of young children.

(Translated by Andreea Theodora Drăgan / 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 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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