For three years, I've had mobile network myself. And what do you know? Everybody there wanted to change the world. They didn't like the way it was. I was scared. "What is the problem with the world?" I said. An American Army colonel said that if we wanted to change it, we had to start by making our beds in the morning. Wait a little, mister. Take it easy. Don't you count on me. I may smooth the blanket out a little, but let's not exaggerate. The other said that the change begins with you. That seems about right. Everyone is a little universe. Since then, I've been reinventing myself each day. And the world together with me.

(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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