My name is Mickey. I take my meals in town twice a day. Because I have a hard time waking up, I take a Brunch and then one more meal around six. I know of an unpretentious pub, where I am unlikely to receive an ashtray to the head. I go to the library in-between meals. I'm passionate about it and I read whatever I can get my hands on, Kafka, Gheba, Sandra Brown, Vonnegut, and as I mentioned, in a rather easy-going manner. That's the ritual. When notes from "Hai acasă puişor" can be heard in the pub, that's my signal to go home. I have my supper at home, after I take out the trash. I wake up early on Thursday, so that I don't come face to face with the garbage collectors at Rebu.

(Translated by Ruxandra Ioana Vasile / 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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