that you wouldn't bring me another mommy and I believed you. When the Lady With Glasses asked me who I wanted to stay with, I answered the way you taught me to: with daddy, because mommy hits me with the cane. I was lying, but I thought that it would be just the two of us and I would make you cake, just like in mommy's recipe book. But you lied to me. You brought over this lady I don't like. When she kisses me, I hold my breath because she smells like cat pee. Please, give me the number of the Lady With Glasses. I want to tell her I've changed my mind.

(Translated by Andreea Teodorescu-Colciu / 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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