I don't get those from call centers. I told them I can't exist without that backpack. And they started to fool me around - that it's the company's fault, that as much as they wanted to do this, they couldn't find the driver and retrieve my luggage, that they were extremely willing to help but there's no way. Well, what can I say, I started crying. In the evening, when I meet that girl, how can I make her feel passionate about me now? There's no ex to compare her to, I don't have a really close relationship with my mum. Next thing you know I might've even lost the photos with my dad. They ruined me.

(Translated by Mihaela Guţu / 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, 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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