In the end, it was no big deal! I only called her fatty, that's all. I didn't call her fat, or obese or overweight. In a way, I was kind to her, calling her fatty: pretty, cutesy, fatty. It wasn't even the first time. At first, she warned me. I told her I didn't like how she looked in that minidress. The second time I asked her whether hamburgers did any good to her cellulite and this curiosity of mine got me suspended for 30 days. Now, it's tripled. I'm in a dilemma now: should I move with my mistress Micșunica or should I beg for her forgiveness?

(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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