It sucks in hell. I work continuously and I also have the hardest task, to build cauldrons. The breaks are ten seconds each, but once every ten years. By my calculations, in about an hour, I should take a break. I understood that for good behavior I can reincarnate into a pet. I'm tired of this eternity. Done with this cauldron, I need to catch my breath. Guard, I'm entitled to ten seconds. What are you entitled to? You shouldn't have done laundry on Sundays, boss. Get to making the next cauldron, do you think you came to Heaven or Dubai? Hahaha.

(Translated by Andreea-Alexandra Șerbănescu / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year II / 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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