I have a few things in my house. In the morning, I go and look at my plants. I saved some of them from the dumpster. Some are bought from an old lady, from the subway. They were only some stumps and now they're majestic. I went to my mom's and got a vinyl. It was mine from when I was little and that means a lot, as if I brought myself back. I have a pen. I write with it and I smile. I am so dumb. I have a round table. A jute carpet. The coffee mug from you. The first edition of The Flowers of Evil. The drawings of our girls.

(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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