Well, they chose today of all days to send me to the delegation. And by train. Where do I see the match? I'll be on the train. I can't miss the cup match.
I'm on the train. In wagon 1, which is somewhere in the middle of the train, logically. I shyly ask the conductor if they have a TV in the dining car. Victory, they do. I'm making my way to the dining car. It's the first car next to the locomotive. I arrive. On TV, a Turkish movie. I order a beer and ask the waiter to look for the match. 20 pairs of eyes turn to me and look at me with hatred.

(Translated by Oana Oprea / 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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