I ordered on alibabaexpress some gadgets that I found neither at the mall, nor on olx, and I really needed them. They validated my order and said the shipping would take almost a month. When the letter came in my mailbox I was as excited as when they made me a pioneer. I ran to the train station, where I had last picked up a package from the East. I waited for an hour in line and when I gave the letter to the lady at the counter, she said my package wasn't there. But where is it? In vama veche, at the big post office.

(Translated by Alexandra Lica / 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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