I'm so happy to be here. I will change the country, but also the world. Trust me. I'm only here for you. I will turn you all into unicorns. Now, please show me the red button and the suitcase. How? We don't we have a suitcase? No button? Nothing to press and the world poc, poc, and ready. Are you sure? I've been dreaming of a nuclear soccer ball since I was little. That boundless power, sir. Imagine what it's like to get drunk and accidentally press, or as a joke. Hahaha, my tears start falling now.

(Translated by Blanca Dumitru / 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, 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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