Let me get my list. No, this one's with dance steps. It must be over here. Here it is. No, not here. This is what to tell the doctor so I don't stutter. Maybe it's this one. No. This is the list with lists I've written. Maybe here? No. This is the list with ideas to post on Facebook. It's not in my purse either, I only have the lists with what to bring to the party on Thursday and to church on Friday. It's not in my wallet either, here I have my shopping lists and this month's meal tickets. Maybe in my hat's where luck's at. There you go, that's it, the blacklist.

(Translated by Ana Stănilă / 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 February 2022, the group has 7,950 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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