You have managed to raise so many question marks to a world that adores the superficial. Nothingness with glitter. You got sick thinking it was your job to keep everything moving and like a child in love with his bully you thought you could make the world a better place. Do you still believe that, grandpa? No. So why do you do it? Mark asked, scratching the spine of the book he was holding. So that they don't change me. Why do I see you so blurry, Mark? Because I'm a hologram, grandpa. Don't forget to call mom.

(Translated by Iuliana Mocanu / 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 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.

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