Honey, can you hear me? You froze. What devil is in it? What do I do now? Did she say something? It froze right before I could hear something. Maybe it's from me. Doru, help me! What do I do? Where do I go from here? Well, I did that. I didn't touch anything. Honey, if you can hear me, please, call me. Wait a bit, father, it has to fix itself. We pay extra, not a problem. What? It went out in the entire neighborhood? We didn't even get to the half of it. We didn't even finish and the bride was stolen. Who's the idiot who said to doit on Zoom?

(Translated by Paula-Silvia Codescu / 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 March 2021, the group has 4.500 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 every few days. 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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