Ursa Major is visible, so there someone destined for you, but you have to recognize him. Meaning? The destined one has many faces: it may be the married boss inviting you under the desk, the spirulina filled crackers eating vegan, the politically correct scooter guy, the shorts wearing gamer, the twice divorced guy from the neighborhood, or john the pornographer, jack short pants with no socks. But I'm no clairvoyant. How will I find him? Everybody gets a soul mate, if you see what I mean.

(Translated by Andra Daiana Păuna / 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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