So, everyone on that side of the table. You see yourself eating because I am doing my job. Andrei, I told you not to dress like the Boss. I wanted it to be red only centrally, passion, something well done. Luca, stop fussing, you're out of my camera. Why are you 12? Where is Petru? Is he guarding the entrance? Call him quickly because I rented the place by hour. Iuda, allow the man breathe a little, stop kissing him that much because I cannot see half of his face. After we're done, do not forget to give your approval for tagging you when I post in your walls.

(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 every few days. 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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