The Sun is sitting on a tired, plastic chair, biting its nails, writing messages to the Moon, come on, finish your shift, it is my turn. The moon tenderly answers, partner, I have some big issues in the field, you see, The Morning Star has fallen in love, as old as he is, The Big Dipper's horses are tired, he does not even put the blinkers on, and the Lil' One is not answering my texts anymore, maybe he is walking the dog. The Sun, bored, dear Moon, when can we have coffee together? What a dumb question, dear Sun, you know very well that we could never.

(Translated by Delia-Maria Cocoș / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year I / 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 December 2021, the group has 7.750 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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