Hey, babe, my phone broke down. I placed it to charge and nothing, it's dead. But is it plugged in?, he smile angelic. You offend me, I bristle. He doesn't believe it. He follows the line and checks the plug. I get mad, he's treating me like a baby. Turning around he analyses, scratching his head. He pulls out the charger plug and stares at it. Woman, do you see this sign? It's like a lightning bolt. You have to plug it with the sign upwards. I think you put it the other way around. I don't get how the hell it worked, it's not made to do that. It worked because I'm smart, that's why.

(Translated by Ruxandra Adriana Dodoiu / 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 July 2022, the group has 8,750 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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