It's so cool how these guys from IKEA call all the things with names of their own. It's like you are on a vacay in Sweden. Looking for a folding chair, I passed by Ypperling the bench, I elbowed Busunge the cupboard, and I stumbled over Kragsta the coffee-table. I greeted Lersta the lamp and I high-fived Ekrar the rack. Then I went back because I'd gotten lost. After meeting Lots, Neiden and Hauga, I finally found it: Nisse. I bought it, we got home and we installed it: it turned out to be a tent. Crappy chair - and they don't even have some toilet paper.

(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 Ficțiuni Reale.

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