Should I pack some jam from Tuțica? Well, that's my favorite! Sure you should. Dear, put in three, no, four jars. I packed toilet paper and water, beanies, body shirts, thick socks- 4 pairs, underwear, shampoo, nail clipper. Oy, the passports, Gicu. Don't forget to search for them. I won't, Didina, how could I? Gicu, somebody's calling. Well? Who was that? Didina, call Popescu and tell him that we're not going to the Apocalypse anymore. We have struck gold. We just won the lottery, Didina.

(Translated by Georgiana Morozii / 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 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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