The first one gave me some errors that totally embarrassed me. My cheek was throbbing, showing how extremely stupid it was. The transmission was as bad as the Bulgarians had it. It was running a subtitle that made Mrs Irina-Margarina Nestor look like a ball boy. Dude, you are an idiot. I am changing you, I said to it. I shut the test card and I made a request for another one. Because of the second one I wanted to die of shame every time it was hitting the fence, this is how bad the short-circuited was. Sparks were coming out of it. I signed up for the third one as well. At the counter they advised me to check the aisle for off-balanced hearts as well.
(Translated by Beatrice-Ioana Huruială / 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 July 2021, the group has 6.800 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.