Mommy, can I make you pretty? Asked my little one while lining up my makeup on the sheets. I let her. First, she spread my hair on the pillow. While she ran her fingers through my hair I fell asleep. When I woke up, I had colorful lines all over my face; she had drawn over all of my wrinkles with eyeshadow. When the doctor entered the room, my daughter ran up to him, grabbed his hand and said: doctor, I made her face look pretty. You fix her heart, pleeaaaseeee.

(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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