All of them are single. Approximately fifteen. They are all beautiful, coloured, unique. Gathered from the vat, the tub of clothes, the clothesline, the bed, under the bed, the cat house, among the cutlery. I knew what would come. We felt pity on us, on our youth, on our eco friendly structure with 92% cotton and 8% elastic. Neither rags for wiping the dust, we were perceived in their eyes. But the trend of The girl power appeared and we combined the bullets with the squares, and cherry with blue and we became the independent socks that you wear nowadays.

(Translated by Teodora Stoian / 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 April 2021, the group has 5.600 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, Răzvan Penescu, 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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