I wanted to photocopy the previous day. I made myself a hobby from duplicating everything that I didn't manage to live to the fullest. I have a triplicate from the day I made pies with grandma for the last time and a sextuplicate from the day when - I'll never say what I lived back then - but I didn't live to the fullest.
I entered the stationery shop, I changed my mind and said: A copy of this moment, please. Excuse me? A copy of this moment, please. Excuse me?

(Translated by Andra Daiana Păuna / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year I / 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 January 2021, the group has 3.000 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 almost daily. The group's coordinators are Florin Piersic Jr., Gabriel Molnar, and Luchian Abel. (Drawing by Adrian T. Roman)

*Versiunea în română a acestui text se poate citi aici, în rubrica Ficţiuni Reale.

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