It doesn't have anything to do with me. Instead, he is connected to all the devices I am using. Laptop, cell phone. Even to the microwave. Wherever I go, he is connecting to all the electronics that are in my way. He is opening the subway doors. He gets the elevator. Orders food on the internet. The thing is that he changed his preferences. And I think he wants to take the charge. He made a new Facebook account and is writing me just rubbish. Now he is trying hard to shut down the other brain. The old one. He says that it needs a resetting.

(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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