Like any self-respecting discovery, it was born out of nerves and chance. I completely mistaken the lenses for an order. When I tried them, I suddenly saw everything unfolding forward incredibly clearly. Our relation will be full of fights and bad luck. How can I know? Put on the glasses and look. You're right, Tudor said, amazed by the movie of our disaster. Do you realize how many lives you can save with these? Anyway, I still choose you, I do not like unpredictable stories.

(Translated by Emilia-Georgiana Călinescu / 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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