I have to get myself together and paint those stains, they have been there for 2 years. I have to repair the outlet too, it's a danger that is bound to happen, it does not take into consideration that I am tired. Yes, and I also have to take some measurements for a desk to fit perfectly in that corner, it is clear that I will not get away from the work-from-home style. Then I have to find a better solution for the illumination as well. And I should not forget: I have to look for a new frame for the painting from him, but damn it, which wall should I use? I must take my time to reorganize the things around here. I have to.

(Translated by Beatrice-Ioana Huruială / 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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