Iulian Sîrbu was a child like everyone else. Curious, dreamy, enthusiastic, always playful. Did anyone say "jogging"? Iulian Sîrbu already had running shoes on his feet. Are millions of dollars missing? Iulian Sîrbu had already started an investigation. Always with his knees bruised by God knows what investigation under the floor, he had, like any child, an endless energy. His only problem was that damn body of almost sixty years old in which he was imprisoned. And from which, no matter how much he screamed, sometimes no one could hear him.

(Translated by Elena Creţu / 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, setting their texts within the limit of 500 symbols (in Romanian language, so in English the limit might be a little different) - a flash-fiction exercise with an almost daily changed topic. 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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