P. Do you think daddy got mad that I dressed like this? Of course not, baby. Or that I put on these sharp teeth? 1. My baby teeth fell out, at least on his birthday I won't be toothless. 2. How can he get mad, he was all smiles. But I didn't ruin his IV when I bit his neck, did I? 3. No. You're only naughty when there's just the two of us. Hey, mommy? 4. Yeah? Is daddy going to be okay? Of course he's going to be okay. He's immortal like you. Great. 5. Because I don't know if I can build that huge Lego castle by myself. At home.

(Translated by Anca Maria Florea / 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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