Hi, how are you, dad? Are you okay? What can I say, boy, well, I'm fine, struggling with old age. Dad, you see, I got you a wonder remote control. Be aware that the courier calls you. It's easy to use, you'll see. When you miss us, press the button and you see us life-size, like a hologram. Both the children and us. If you miss mother, I put together a screening of all our memories. Thank you, boy. Loneliness is the worst. Do you have a button for this, too? I'm having a hard time with it.

(Translated by Ioana Oacheşu / 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 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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