Listen, baby. Gas is getting more expensive again. Well, baby. I bet it sits well with you, I bet deep down you're really happy about it. What's going through your mind? I now have a reason to turn up my nose when this poor woman goes to the salon or to buy some clothes. You are so stingy you would even let me with my wardrobe empty. You are so selfish as well. Because you don't think I deserve something for how hard I work in this house. What impression are you under? That the maid does it all? You are lazy. You've made me mad. I'm calling my mom.

(Translated by Claudia Cioplea / 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 February 2023, the group has 10,500 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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