May raise his voice, from the illustrious public, the one who knows what we see right here, in front of our eyes. No one? Then I will tell, and my beautiful assistant will confirm: this is life, look, how big it is, how full, how much potential it has. Do you think it doesn't fit in my top hat? Oh yeah, it got lost inside it as quickly as counting to 3. And now, be prepared, yes, yes, dream, look with the eyes of the mind what you will receive in return, hocus-pocus and here it is: a wonderful rabbit, with long ears. Come on, run after him, my show is worth all the money.

(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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