Come on, make me all the way happy. Come on, get to it. Come and look for it. Did you find it? Not there, lower, just slide your finger until you find it. Oh, you're such a fool, I don't know how I got mixed up with you. And don't just scrape the surface, search thoroughly. If it's not there, look on the other side. Oh, you even got an Atlas too, like they did back when your mom was young , you can't find it online. That's it, Georgele, Geneva. Look, it's got an airport, we're getting tickets.

(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 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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