Can you see me? Here. I got my hand up. The one with the green shirt. Good. Anyway. Hello everybody. I'm glad to be here today. It's been an honour for me to respond to your invitation. I was telling you that my name is Johnny and I am. Still can't see me? But can you hear me? This lady is nodding. I guess we can go on. So. I was saying. Hello everyone. It's great to be here today. My name is Johnny and I am. Still can't hear me? Ah, I only turned on the camera, I forgot to unmute the mic.

(Translated by Cătălina-Diana Teliban / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year II / 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 4.300 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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