Mom, it has always, absolutely always, for 13 whole years, been about what you want, you and only you. While other little girls were still enjoying Baby Shark, I was planking for 20 minutes at a time and when I was just 6, you told me that tangerines are fattening. But that's it, mom. This is my life. If you haven't figured it out by yourself yet, I'm going to say it loud and clear: I will not enroll at the \'Floria Capsali' School of Fine Arts. I will study biology and I'll only dance as a hobby, whenever I feel like it. From now on, hold on tight: I am nothing like a swan, mom. I am a sheep.

(Translated by Marta Fulga / 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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