Out of all the UFOs in the world I only chose you and I say it with a heavy heart that I didn't do it out of interest. You were the most colorful even though you had a few burnt-out light bulbs. When I was giving you soles, I wasn't holding on to the warps, you were like Eleanor from the Abduction of the Seraglio in 60 milliseconds. You took me through all the galaxies, some I didn't even get to see because your brakes didn't work but that's okay, I have pictures from cousins. Now I'm standing in front of the gate of the UFO Cemetery and I hope to trade you for a Solenza.

(Translated by Alina-Dorina Nicolae / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year I / Corrected 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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