9 o'clock in the evening. When she got home, she left her bags at the entrance. The old dog greets her and wags his tail, but is increasingly apathetic. Love, I'm here. Sorry, I'm in a meeting with the Americans, different time zone. Mommy, how was school today? OK, but now I'm in a game tablet match. Make dinner, just a salad for her, the kid ate at afterschool, the husband isn't hungry. Only the dog eats. She calls her mother, who is watching the news. The friend answers monosyllabically from a movie. She has got real Fictions left.

(Translated by Ana-Maria Mușetescu / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year II / Corrected 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 March 2023, the group has 10,790 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, Luchian Abel, and Vlad Mușat. (Drawing by Adrian T. Roman)

Versiunea în română a acestui text se poate citi aici, în rubrica Ficțiuni Reale.

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