There's a crowd inside me like in the subway that opened its doors, in the station, at the University, on Monday, at 8.30 in the morning. What is it today? Friday? And it's after 6:00 pm. Basically, I'm so crowded I'm stepping on my feet, if nothing else. I've got one, she's lost a quarter of a hundred kilos and now she wants to stand out more than when she occupied three chairs at once. But at least she was sitting the hell down, not like this crazy woman who won't sit still for a minute and won't even let the writer concentrate. Attention, doors closing.

(Translated by Angelica Ioana Curcan / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year II / Corrected by prof. Eliana Ionoaia / 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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