Never again will I like your pictures. We both got suspended because of you. Couldn't you just upload a picture of your mom in a burka? No, you just had to post that picture in which her face was showing. Seeing her, I couldn't help myself from making that poll, where 99% could swear I was supporting him. The only ones who voted differently were me, you and your mom. Perhaps ask me the next time you get such ideas. I told you she looked just like AH, with that little moustache of hers, and you thought I just didn't like her.

(Translated by Liliana Popescu / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year II / 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 January 2023, the group has 10,220 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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