Hi, lemme know if there is anything new. Is Andrei 5 years old now? Or 6? 6. Did he change his teeth? Look after him, he's frail, the poor thing, my dear boy. And Lisa? What? Is she already 10? That's right, I was home 6 years ago and around 2012 when I had her. Is she born in 2011? How time flies. Is she in trouble at school because she's mulatto? Take care, she might be left emotionally scarred because of this. I'm going to send you something. When? I don't know, I'm going to return soon, but I'm going to Grig, to give birth there, on the fifth. He will be happy. After, I'll come see you. I know you all love me.

(Translated by Alin-Marian Mărgescu / 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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