Knock knock. Come in. Have a seat. I do. How are you feeling today? I don't know. Do you think you can draw today's mood? Sure. I take a sheet of paper. No, I don't need a pencil. Five seconds later I return the white, immaculate paper. There, do you get it? For a fruitful therapeutic process you ought to make some attempt at introspection, I don't think I can help you much if you don't try to communicate in the first place. And who said I wanted you to help me? I don't have friends and I wanted to get out of the house. Here's 150 lei, see you next week.

(Translated by Cristina Fliter / 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, 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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