When my sister was born, most girls were called Dana, Rodica, Olguța or Monica. Very Medeleni-like, eh. What do you name your little girl, the doctor asked my mother's roommate. Migraine, madam. That can't be, that's the name of a medical issue, of a condition. Well that will it be. Listen, take it up with the lady, she said, pointing at my mother. She has a girl as well. What are you going to name her? Doremi, ma'am. The doctor left the room, saying: crazy women. Both of them. Well, my mother had come to her senses until she had me. I have a common name.

(Translated by Oana-Roxana Dicilea / 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 April 2023, the group has 11,000 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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