Excuse me, did you see my thread? What thread, sir? The thread with which my hemispheres were sewn, the right eye to the left eye, the right hand to the left hand, the right foot to the left. I don't know, sir, what are you talking about. Oh. Fine. I'm trying to rephrase the question. What connects two molecules of hydrogen to one of oxygen so that water finally emerges? Honestly, I haven't thought about that yet. Hmm. I think it's the same thread, but you can't see the seam either. Maybe we've had the same Tailor.
(Translated by Andreea Theodora Drăgan / 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 May 2023, the group has 11,260 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.