Because he had decided to change the world, he was changing the theme every day. He took people's stories and made painting out of them. Then he put them up on every wall in the house. When the walls weren't enough anymore, he went out to the streets. He put them up on the building walls, on poles, on churches, on schools, offices, theaters, on dumpsters. The people were being caught in the stories every day, forgetting for a split of second their realities. One night, he found a child kneeling and praying towards the sky. Please, God, make an admin when I grow up. Yours truly, child.

(Translated by Nina Iulia Tufă / 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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