I am reading the code of ethics and conduct in business. The company simply calls it The Code. It's the annual refresh training on compliance and I quickly tick the correct answers. I can see them in my dreams, they are my second nature as a corporatist. I respond to some urgent emails to regional and global departments, and I make my presence noticed in the team management call in which I joined. Today I have 4 more meetings, I agreed to all of them to show my commitment to the values and culture of the Company and I spend 12 hours a day there. I live in the new 1984.

(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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