The Japanese with white Converse shoes, mustard pants and a cream jacket was sitting next to the garage with the red door. The Romanian with black Konverse shoes, pink pants and a perforated T-shirt shouted at her that she was good-looking. The Russian with red sneakers, a mustard tracksuit and no jacket shouted at him that he was going to get beaten. The old woman with pink rubber shoes, woolen socks and a flowery headscarf said to them, "That's enough, you'll wake up my nephew sleeping in the pink baby stroller, with blue little boots, beige pants and a gray hat." The barefoot Armenian in fuchsia pants and a yellow bra painted the scene from the jade balcony.

(Translated by Mădălina Mangalagiu / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year II / Corrected by Professor Nadina Vişan)

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 January 2021, the group has 3.000 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, and Luchian Abel. (Drawing by Adrian T. Roman)

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

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