My name is Bob the Brain Cell. I live alone in a huge house. It's so big that it takes me a whole day to run from the left side to the right side. Good thing I don't really like running. Actually, I love intellectual activity. Look, right now I'm trying to solve a math problem. Look here: If 1+2=3, what is 2+1? I hope I find out the result by the time my favourite show starts: Will You Be My Wife?I would really like a serious relationship. Well, in my world they call that a synapse, it's very much the same thing.

(Translated by Cristina-Bianca Ion / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year II / 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 March 2023, the group has 10,790 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, Luchian Abel, and Vlad Mușat. (Drawing by Adrian T. Roman)

Versiunea în română a acestui text se poate citi aici, în rubrica Ficțiuni Reale.

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