I have my own tie, I'm a pioneer. We, pioneers, are involved in useful actions. Recovery, Reconditioning, Revaluation. We recover paper and cardboard, recondition them in interior decorations, or revalue them at C.C.H., in the valley. We recover the empty bottles from our fathers from the balconies, we recondition them by preserving tomato juice, or we revalue them at the Bottle and Jar Purchasing Center. With the money we go to the sea. There would be one more thing to add, we kiss and smoke in secret.

(Translated by Ana Spînu / 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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