It is said that the "Folding Chair" operation made 008 quit his job. Agent 007 got all the cool missions, while 008 got some instructions like "check the helicopter propeller" or "wipe all the equipment spyglasses". He followed them, sure, but he wanted more. One day, he was sent to transport an engagement ring in his belly, from Morocco to Vienna, for the big boss. He asked them how to retrieve it and they told him to do number 2 and fold it to the middle, where the ring should be. He couldn\'t stand it any longer.

(Translated by Andra Daiana Păuna / 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 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 almost daily. 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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