Clothesline with bluetooth that notifies you when the laundry is dry, bed with auditory sensor that turns the creak from sex into ambient sound, sofa in the shape of Ș, where the comma in Ș is a separate seat, bathroom stool for staying just with the feet in the bathtub, mirror that automatically takes selfies when you look good, entrance carpet that shows your weight, double edged knife, you should have a spare blade, dog leash with solar panels. Thank you for the ideas, we are not hiring at the moment, but we will call you.

(Translated by Florina Șamata / 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 August 2022, the group has 9,000 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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