Today I'll put on the T-shirt that says "It's a good day" and go out for a walk. It's noisy outside. On a wall it reads "We experience different realities." The city hums. I smile and look at the sky. An advert tells me that family life isn't as I expected it to be, but rather nicer. The lady who sports the "Best mom in the world" slaps her child. The sad girl on the bench has a tote bag which says "All you need is love". The city becomes silent for a few minutes. In the middle of the street lies a kid hit by a tram, whose T-shirt says "Stairway to Heaven".

(Translated by Dragoş Frangulea / 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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