Down with dictatorship, I murmur increasingly louder. The mixer paddles fell into the mayo, I broke a plate and a glass, and I nicked myself chopping the onion for the soup. I angrily tear off my flower-printed apron. I stomp over to the telephone, still repeating: down with dictatorship. I call my wife: Hello? I've decided, it can't go on like this, I am putting my foot down. I hear her: we agreedthat whoever has no job takes care of housework. I get it that you've decided to get a job? I fall silent, swallow hard and say: I've decided to get the washing started.

(Translated by Bianca Ioana Prisecaru / 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 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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