are neighbours. They live in a chocolate-flavoured Neapolitan neighbourhood, in a building near Via Toledo. They are united by insomnia. They have itas regularly as moon phases. They take amphetamines.A lot of them. Zero effect. Just idling. For their engine burns out from missing a nap. You see them going up and down the gears. Good exercise for existence. They meet sometimes on the roof. They look at the moon. The moon looks at them. Or at the black cat climbing nonchalantly on the rusty bellows. Meow.

(Translated by Andreea-Iulia Ciucă / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year II / 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 December 2022, the group has 9,880 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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