In the hysterical laughter of his friends, losing the bet, he agreed to tattoo the gang's name on his forehead. You wouldn't really get along with them if you weren't suicidal or crazy. Or both. Tanţa, from the gas station who was new in town, didn't know the story. It costs 99 lei. I am stupid. Obviously, it's written on your forehead. But I'm a fool and I'm not paying for anything. I believe you, sir, but gas costs 99 lei. I'm calling the police. It sounds like I'm stupid today. Hello, sir, I'm Tanţa and I have one so stupid here that he doesn't know that one should pay for gas.

(Translated by Elena Creţu / 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, setting their texts within the limit of 500 symbols (in Romanian language, so in English the limit might be a little different) - a flash-fiction exercise with an almost daily changed topic. 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 Ficţiuni Reale.

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