Mr. Editor, sir, it's me again. What now, Natalia? You're driving me crazy. The English newspaper is looking for you for an interview. I'm still on the line, tell them I'm not feeling well, that I've been sitting in a draft. How do you say this in English? The current pulled him. What, did I get dizzy? OK. Sorry Sir, the electricity got him. He is asking if you laid someone off. What the..? If you're a Highlander and the power struck you? No, you..., tell them it I have the shivers, chills. He is cold. He said condolences, don't look for him, he will look for you.

(Translated by Alin-Marian Mărgescu / 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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