We are tired of being exploited by a plastic girl, of walking on tiptoes in the hallways, of drinking our coffee only when she allows us, of being afraid to use our phones because Miss Corina might see us. We are tired of repressing our ideas, of always accepting hers. So, that's it, we'll elect another boss. This was my speech to my oppressed colleagues. Of course they chose me. Now I'm sitting at the solid walnut desk with Corina on my lap. The hallways are dead quiet. They all walk on tiptoes.

(Translated by Bianca Ioana Prisecaru / 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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