Our tattoo, who art in CTRL, hallowed be the left and the right, dead or alive, now and never, Admin. Give us this day, our daily bread, speak at once, cash or card, there's a queue. And look not to your left when you lie, better yet spit on it, now and forever, for thing is the kingdom, both in wallet and under the belt, Admin. I believe that I'm but the coolest around and you're but a nobody. Kissed be thy keyboard, for if it hadn't happened I wouldn't speak of it, Admin.
In the name of the tattoo, the AFI Palace and the ASF, may the quarantine end, Admin.

(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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