They crammed me in a plastic pot and I was told to sit there, no move, that someone would come and pick me up. I had no choice but to sit. Besides I had nothing else to do, I was along with other 19 beings like me, all of them prisoners. A person came and pushed and pushed us all until we were aligned perfectly in two rows. Then it started to get hot and overly hot. It was late when I understood what happened to us, they already rolled me through the mustard and laughed cheerfully seeing me. Then nothing.

(Translated by Alexandra Cica / 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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