Wednesday, as long as a fast day. In the morning he sent messages celebrating Saint Andrew's. Afterwards he read 300 pages of Umberto Eco. He watched Netflix. Watched a lot of crimes in 20 minutes. He couldn't take it anymore. He checked if there was any new story on Real Fiction. He was done with UFOs, even the writers had had enough. Someone posted 8 texts. You'll see he'll give in, he thought, he'll upload the 9th text. Even Mironov would get tired reading. He waited for the day the theme would change. And it came.

(Translated by Andreea-Daniela Vasilache / 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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