Following the cerclage where my mother expected me to be a girl, I came out a boy, so I won. At kindergarten I was going to say a poem in the school play, but I fell in the mud in my traditional costume, so I didn't say it, I didn't know it anyway. When I got an ear infection they punctured my eardrum, it was useful in the army in the artillery, I don't use the phone with my right ear. I was in love with two women at once, actually 3, 4, 5,but out of every last two I always chose the last one. I live alone, I have a pension. I'm a great winner. Hail to myself, yep. Exclamation point.

(Translated by Raluca Ioana Crucerescu / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year I / 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 November 2022, the group has 9,580 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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