The alarm goes off, I get out of bed, drink my coffee, do my morning exercises, I have no time for jogging today, I wake up the children, make some tea, make breakfast, do my daughter's pigtails, comfort my son, who's crying because he doesn't want to go kindergarten today, my husband can't find that violet necktie, this very day, when he's got that important meeting, the water is boiling, I run for the kitchen, I stifle a screech when I stub my toe, I dress up the kids, I comb my hair, no makeup for today, I get the kids in the car, drive them to school and kindergarten. What Apocalypse?

(Translated by Adelina-Maria Mănăilescu / 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 December 2022, the group has 9,880 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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