If you don't see a door to knock on it's because I broke it, and if I frantically adjust a perfectly neat lock of my hair it's just a reflex, and if you saw me in my pyjamas on the street or at the store I was lazy that day, and if I stare at you, I just find you absolutely fantastic somehow, and if I'm at a loss for words it's because I can't hear your stupid questions, and if I'm dancing alone it's because my shadow is my best partner, hey, what are you doing, let me go, I don't want that shot, you have no right, no.

(Translated by Lenuța Bejenaru / 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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