was better than on vacations abroad for Vera and Max. Low-cost plane tickets. Bought a year before at a discount. 2-star accommodations. They took selfies every day in front of the dopes hotels, next to pricey cars. When they came back home, they bragged about where they'd stayed at and their rental cars. In the first days we rented this one, then this one, then this one. And here we slept. People envied them. One colleague butted in one day: hah, well I also stayed there in the same period of time. How come we didn't see each other?

(Translated by Ioana Ștefan / 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 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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