He makes quickly a shower in the morning, puts the coffee in the device, presses on the button, when it is ready, he pours it in the cup brought from Rome, walks with it in his hands to the bedroom, opens the laptop and starts a new day. He has many friends, thousands. He gives some likes, watches some pictures, reads some posts, writes a comment, receives a reply, smiles, about 5 people ask for friendship, he accepts them in his list. He is happy. In the evening he closes all in the keyboard box, checks the door, switches off the light and goes to bed. He is alone.

(Translated by Teodora Stoian / 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 November 2021, the group has 7.500 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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