An android threw a stone in the window of a store. The police found him while he was hiding in a bush, watching the rearranging of the shards and whispering into the ear of an imaginary friend. What are you doing here, Sir? I'm trying to understand your hypocrisy. People stab you in the back, from the data I gathered. It is essentially a human trait, because even animals attack you from the front. But why did you smash the window? The android went silent, probably searching for data. I don't know, maybe it was too bright. It hurt my eyes.  

(Translated by Claudia Cioplea / 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 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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