Camera 101 is a small Japanese camera made of glossy yellow plastic that makes you smile just upon seeing it. It has only one button. Blink and the picture is ready. Maybe it's for beginners, that's why it's called 101. Costel has it from his father; he found it around the house after the funeral and kept it because it seemed practical. One button press for a portrait. Two for unicorns and other fantastic creatures. Three for angels. Four for ghosts. Too bad he can't find film for it anymore.

(Translated by Andreea-Alexandra Șerbănescu / 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 January 2022, the group has 7.830 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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