I found some kind of remote control but I can't tell you where. It doesn't have many buttons, but it's very special. When I found it, I thought that I had never been to Paris. I pressed a button and woke up near the Eiffel Tower. I walked around Paris for a while but at one point I missed home. I pressed a button again and reached my apartment. I was like a God with this remote in my hand. Well, I shouldn't even go to work anymore. I bring my job home, with my colleagues.

(Translated by Bianca 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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