I have good news and bad news. Which one do you want me to start with? I'll start with the bad one, to be happy. The right side is very inflamed, I found it flooded with dreams, metaphors, artistry, stuff like that. Yes, a lot of things, ma'am, I don't even know how you've lived so far. The good news is that we can mount another one, where the left side works better. You will be able to have a somewhat normal life and maybe you will choose a job like all people. Leave that to art. Green horses on the walls.

(Translated by Ana-Maria Muşetescu / 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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