On a lonely day. Nobody knew. I flew of the handle. I slowly make my way down your back.I move it to the side. Stick it in quietly, little lady. You, truly you. This one was overjoyed when I showed her. The epic. She told me she didn't understand certain passages from a morphological, orthoepic, spelling and orthopoetic point of view. I offered to explain it all to her, comma by comma. The only problem arose from an unfortunate fact. Her husband. Kind hearted. He loved poetry.

(Translated by Cristina Ioana Bontea / 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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