You are watching us live and exclusively, both in classic and online format, we are live everywhere. Something sensational is coming, stay with us because you are about to see the greatest thing in the history of television and online. I am told that we are also live in the cosmos. We are audience leaders thanks to you, the ones in front of the small and big screens. You are incredible. Incredible my ass, he said puffing passionately on his cigarette. In the darkness that took over the neighborhood, only the burning light of the cigarette butt brightened the incredible.

(Translated by Mălina Ioana Butaru / 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 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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