In order to film here, you've filled my house with cables and complex devices that regulate the temperature, the oxygen concentration, and some mineral salts I've never heard of. You've installed zillions of sensors to know exactly when I'm thirsty, hungry or cold. You regulate even my happiness with hormones. Even though you never asked me if I wanted to play in this movie and you didn't let me read the script beforehand, saying it wasn't ready yet and that we would improvise on the spot, everything got to be perfect. I guess you'll get a bit emotional before you cry Cut, am I right?

(Translated by Mihaela Dumitrescu / 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 every few days. 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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