Yes, baby, yes. You found it. Finally, Ottilia. Honestly, I didn't even think it existed anymore. I'm so happy. I'm going to go write a group text. I want everyone to know how lucky I am. Honey, please don't do this. This thing is ours alone, just leave it as is. Besides, I don't think the group needs another text on the subject. Lately, it's become a bit pornographic. Okay, I don't have a problem with sex, but I've read some pretty raunchy texts, some really gross. I'm thinking, like, what are the admins even doing?

(Translated by Andreea Grințescu / 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 September 2022, the group has 9,250 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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