I see my dad trying to fix an old hairdryer, pushing hard with his glue gun right through it and my mam telling him to raise his legs to vacuum as necessary. No, not now, but now. I see my brother removing dust accumulated in not hard-to-reach places, under the crochet doily on the table and my sister throwing on the floor sour and sweet slices of orange. I see the black cat keeping her eye on it, although she knew she wasn't allowed to touch it. Through his green eyes, the glassfish figure on the TV set looked at us bored to death.

(Translated by Iuliana Boruga Danciu / 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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