Tell me when you get to the W-A-R-E-H-O-U-S-E, he heard the voice of ErinA, his android significant other, as a jerky, metallic echo and he laughed. I'll keep you P-O-S-T-E-D, then he hung up. The newest warehouse for androids in transit could be seen at the end of the road, a cubic box made of grey metal and glass, with 300 single or double speakers with individual fast charging plugs. He parked the androidcar, the took his speaker and went to the bar, where his former university colleagues were waiting for him. It was the annual powering together night, the euphoric plug option.

(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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