Floriiin Călinescuuu, your host couldn't make it anymore. But no worries, I am his guest, I am a serious man and I will do the show by myself. I ask the questions, I answer them, I will also tell jokes and I will whisper in my earpiece too if it's necessary. I am the last dragon whisperer in Europe. But I won't be alone in the studio. In Uncle Florin's absence, I asked a politician to join me because we have a lot in common. Don't you see the connection? We both know how high a cloth tied with rope can climb.

(Translated by Nina Tufă / 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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