Together with my department colleagues, I escaped in a bonus short holiday, when our fuses got short. I packed my comfy clothes, shut my phone off and erased it from my memory. The location? Isolated and excellent. Simplicity is incredible. We saw sunset through sunrise and even heard the wolves howling at the moon. The rest is insignificant details. While on the way back, in the bus, we just reset, opening our phones: we checked the stock market and the crypto currencies. The inbox was on fire. From tomorrow on I will keep on going fully automatic.

(Translated by Elena-Diana Cocîr / 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 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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