There is something I'd like to tell you if you have time to listen, but I happen to find myself in the awkward position of not being able to tell you anything, which makes make fully aware of the fact that, apart from not being able to actually tell you something, I'll have to ask you something. So, I'm going to be short and to the point, which makes me reiterate my intention of telling you something - if that's OK with you, of course - before asking you what I've been meaning to ask you. So what I'd like to ask of you - but I still don't know if it's really possible - is for you to allow me to tell you something.

(Translated by Elena Florea / 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 June 2021, the group has 6.650 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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