A brilliant sunrise, a Sunday with well-defined routes and tasks in my agenda; the discrepancy between the cuckoo clock and the correct time makes me realize that today is the 25-hour day. Oh folks, what is one more hour worth to me when I can't function outside of what's written in my agenda...It occurred to me to write something, but if I get overwhelmed by the creative urge and I spend more than one hour on it, all else will be lost. SoI pour myself a martini on the rocks, then another one and then one more; after that I add in some music and another martini, I drink and I also give the agenda some drinks, so it would stop mocking me. We both fall flat on the floor. Fuckin' time.

(Translated by Lucia-Alexandra Brînaru-Mitrofan / 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 January 2023, the group has 10,220 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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