She invited me to stay for tea. To see if there's a connection, if the network heats up. I stayed, knowing that Itied everything nice and that all would go well. She was beautiful and I would've liked to talk to her about something else, but she kept asking me weird questions. Like who's making my cables, or if I need help and such. Then she told me that I hardly connect. Seeing that she insisted, I told her the network is overcharged, that I have too many outlets to install and it's difficult to work with some plugs. No tip, no tea.

(Translated by Irina Bîlcan / 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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