Guard report: 824,000 warm dinners in the family; 736,000 cold single portions, on a table corner; 19,000 eaten soups, upside down tables or gone suitcases; 124,000 buzzing mosquitoes; 542,000 resolutions; 873,000 plans; 986,000 thoughtful, changed, postponed decisions; 79,000 newcomers; 83,000 new departures; 264,000 tears hidden in the pillow; 457,000 orgasms; 657,000 dreams come to life; 523,000 sleepless hours; 1,000,000 questions; 7 billion flickering lives. Signed: the Night.

(Translated by Otilia Mocanu / 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 4.300 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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