I am not sick, I don't have a damn. I am lucid, I have judgement, 2 times 4 is eight, The French Revolution-1789-lithium is a alkali metal, what do you want more? Four brothers, at school we ate bread with vegeta (vegetable margarine), at night we stole wood from the depot, until I was 18 I didn't got new shoes, what do you know about it? I haven't take them out of the box, I like knowing that I have them, all of them are mine and all new. Three vacuum cleaners, yes. So what? This week I only bought one egg slicer, only that, I swear. Hug me, I'm cold.

(Translated by Camelia Băluţă / 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 May 2021, the group has 6.400 members.) The authors write ultra-short stories, setting their texts within the limit of 500 symbols (in Romanian language, so in English the limit might be a little different) - a flash-fiction exercise with an almost daily changed topic. 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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