These ads which keep appearing every single day on the TV has driven me mad. It is said that every man needs a second brain in order to receive the true happiness. My neighbour, Sandu, already assembled the second one and said he is feeling like another man. He took a second job and levelled up on his first job. Also, my colleague Mihaela change her brain and left for Bucharest, to the main office. And when you think that she was the most stupid of all of us. What could I have done? I made a reservation too for a second brain. I will tell you how it is like.

(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.

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