I'm watching a movie over on Netflix. It's quite alright. I really need to pee and I've been holding it in for about 40 minutes. I don't really feel like getting up. For one, because the movie is good but also because I don't want what happened last time I tried getting up to ensue again. I slipped on a peel of hope, and hit my head on a corner of intention and fell onto a heap of wrappings of what we could have been. When I tried getting up again, my hand smashed into the shit you left and I had to undress myself of myself and throw it in the trash.

(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, 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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