And now, on stage, Mr. Popa. A gentleman shyly took a few steps. In fact, Mr. Popa could not get there. I'm Mr. Ţopa. And he pulled out his Mr. Popa face. A woman's face appeared, a blonde with too much make-up. In the canard all over the room, Mr. Topa apologized and hurriedly removed his blonde face. The lady from tech couldn't come either, she has a meeting with Mr. Popa. In fact, Mr. Popa, the lady from tech and Mr. Ţopa do not exist. And Mr. Ţopa removed the mask from the full hall. On the empty stage, the director looked at the empty seats.

(Translated by Claudia Alexandra Văcărescu / 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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