My dear lovers (imaginary or not), I want to let you all know my thoughts. By the way, you are aware of what I'm talking about. May you have a great, challenging new year. If the ladies don't keep you busy, I'll take care of it. I would have made a Whatsapp group, it was easier, but neah. I'll tell you here. I'm pregnant and can't decide on a daddy. Please don't spend it all on Möet's, leave some for pampers. Shall we have a paternity test fundraiser? I'm waiting for a private message, so we don't make a mess.

(Translated by Cosmina-Florentina Ciobanu / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year I / 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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