I'm out of bed but my vision is blurry. I make a dash for work as I have a meeting scheduled for half past nine. Hardly do I make myself a latte or grab a bite of an energy bar that we have an end of a year survey scheduled that is going to last for an hour or so. A 15-minute stretching break during which I check my mails and provide a response to a query, followed by a kick-up call for a new project. The day goes on with a quick lunch, more of a snack, after which I have my second coffee while taking someone through a quick training. I finish typing a document - which I'm also sending though it was due the next day -, I log out and bye..

(Translated by Elena Florea / 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 March 2022, the group has 8,050 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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