On the other side, there's always a party going on. On the other side, the women are beautiful and men love them for life. No one breaks up, there are no children having to choose between their parents. On the other side, there are no two-room apartments. On the other side, life is perfect. On the other side, the clock alarm never rings at 6 in the morning. On the other side, hairstyles are fresh. On the other side, there are no pans, dirty laundry and there is no one telling you nothing you do is ever right, how many times do I have to tell you? On the other side, there is no depression. On the other side, people eat lobster on the yacht deck. On the other side, no one gets old or gains weight. And I'm here.

(Translated by Diana Pașcanu / 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 February 2023, the group has 10,500 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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