Why the hell did I buy my mother a laptop? She's been blowing my phone for a week now. How can I see this movie? It only shows a picture and an arrow in the middle. Click the arrow, Mom. How do I connect on feisbuc? Click where it says log-in, enter the password and you're done. It says I have a message on meil, how do I see it? In the right corner, there is an envelope-shaped icon. Click on it. I don't see any icons. Not an actual icon, mom, an envelope-shaped drawing. And what does it look like? Like an Envelope, how the hell would an Envelope-shaped drawing look like?
(Translated by Otilia Mocanu / 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 October 2021, the group has 7.275 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.