I don't have time today, make me a report and call me on Monday. Yes, perfect. Hello, yes? I mean no, not today. First thing next week you keep me posted, alright? Who's looking for me on line 2? No, please tell him I'm busy, tell him tocall me on Monday. Make something up, It's Thursday, I don't feel like it today, the weekend is coming. Yes, he should keep me posted. What a shitty Sunday, Natalia, make me a cup of coffee, nobody should disturb me for at least 10 years. But, Mr. Editor, sir, it's impossible , the phones keep ringing like crazy. What is it? The power has been restored.

(Translated by Ema-Teodora Rădulescu / 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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