To me, you're a hole in a sock, you're QC reject, do you get that? You're a Christmas tree that has been decorated with pickles, a holiday spent in jail, you're subtract 0, got it? You're a bevy of swans that are kept in the closet, a rainbow in the freezer, you're nonsense, do you hear me? A group of ballet dancers in rubber boots, a quill dipped in brine, a sin. Are you following me? You're the never-ending curve in the Netflix logo, it's bliss if you just disappear. Do tell me, though, you won't in order for me to put down the gun at my temple, and then mend the hole in my sock.

(Translated by Elena Florea / 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.

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