He was hiccuping for a few good minutes. The sound, like a sharp bang, could be heard at the same time as the mouth opened as if it were a surprise, then the small, soft, still tight, newborn body, shook himself a little from the mattress. Luana marveled at him, her soul warmed and worried at the same time, but she could not help but laugh when she saw his puzzled eyes at every hiccup. His inaccurate gaze searched her face inquiring, it seemed to her: you, Mommy, what the hell is this thing I'm doing now?

(Translated by Andreea Theodora Drăgan / 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 May 2023, the group has 11,260 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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