I'm waiting for the others to click on it, It's getting kind of boring. The air is so fresh in this version. And I can fly. With a single leap, I'm above the city. There's no traffic. There's vertical gardens on the building blocks. Hm, upon closer inspection the buildings are abandoned, covered by overgrown, exuberant ivy. There are some glitches, clearly. It's weird that I can't interact with objects. I can't even move the door handle, but it's funny how I can squeeze through the open bathroom window. However, the mirror in front of me only reflects the white wall.

(Translated by Jin Cristian Yang / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year II / 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 September 2021, the group has 7.150 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 Ficțiuni Reale.

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