This mop is a miracle. It cleans any surface, halls, bathrooms, floors, absolutely anything. But that's not all. Call now and you will receive not only one, but two miracle mops. I couldn't resist. I bought it. I cleaned the house, my past, my pain, the mistakes I've made during my relationship, job, finances, evaluations and my bad decisions. When I was finished, everything sparkled, white as a field covered in snow. I understood. As I was polishing my past, someone else wielding the second mop cleansed me. Of everything.

(Translated by Jin Cristian Yang / 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 every few days. 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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