God - said Ioana-what a day I had at work; it's as if everyone went insane. This is getting me old and wrinkled; they're going to wear me down. I'm not even hungry. I would've loved to read a story to Ana, but I am spent. By the way; isn't it a little too quiet? Where is she? In the bedroom, dear, watching TV. I'll go check on her; I have a strange feeling. Back in her room, Ana thoroughly spread her mother's face cream on the sheets. She innocently looks to her parents and says, serene: The sheets had winkles, mommy.

(Translated by Daniela-Andreea Gugescu / 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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