He's hated bullying and injustice since he was a little kid. So it became his life's obsession for which he's worked non-stop: a device for instant justice. Miniaturized and implanted in the deep of the eye, it was enough for him to frown, and the wrongdoer turned into a smoothly floating cloud. Someone who spit on the street: poof, a cloud. A shoplifter: poof, a cloud. Parents who hit their child: poof, a pair of clouds. The streets have been cleared up well. Until one day, when he was shaving and, accidentally, cut himself. Ouch. Poof. A cloud.

(Translated by Alexandr Cotar / 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 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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