Judging by the light, you wouldn't say it's morning. It's raining heavily and Tâmpa has been kidnapped by aliens. In its place, a milky canvas covers the forest, the street, the house, the mind, which works on autopilot. The road to the kitchen is an obstacle ride. I'm trying to make myself a coffee. The spoon and some hot water quickly make their way to the floor. A sheaf of spaghetti, pulled out like a guide hand from the unfolded package follows them from beside the sugar jar. \'What is it, Murphy, do you miss playing Pick-up sticks? I won't give you bread and butter.

(Translated by Andreea-Daniela Vasilache / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year I / Corrected by prof. dr. Nadina Vișan / Edited 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 November 2022, the group has 9,580 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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