Did you deliver the project? Tomorrow. Did you finish it? Just a little bit left. Are you leaving it to the last minute again? No, no, I'll finish in time. What are you doing now? Now? Yeah, right now. I'm preparing to work on it. But you haven't started. I'm starting now. Dude, do you know what a cool series they put on Netflix? So you're watching a series. No, no, I was just saying. What series? It's really cool, with a girl who... So you're watching the series. Damn you, I told you I'm starting now. You still have time until tomorrow. Don't I? You know what, I wrote some nonsense anyway, I'll start over. OK, bye.

(Translated by Ecaterina Bucovanu / 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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