Persak Zhirinovich Fliorushkin from Egvekinot, Chukhotsk, Lenina alee 47, spits out the extinguished stub in the corner of his mouth, swallowed what was left on the bottom of the vodka bottle, wiped his mouth with his filthy sleeve and then pulled another spit that almost froze in the air at minus 30 degrees. The cashier at Ghiduşcaia station looked down on him and told him as he would daily say: this money aren't even enough for two stations. On top of that, you're too drunk to get on the bus. Which doesn't go to Alaska. And you don't even have a passport.

(Translated by Mihaela Ţarida / 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 Ficţiuni Reale.

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