The train sped down the rails, devouring the kilometres. I was hungry. I went to the restaurant to eat some soup. A tone table I noticed an old man with a gun pointed at a child. I slammed my bag against the old man's head, I tucked the child under my arm and shouted at everyone to get out of the car. The child started crying and pulling my hair. "Why did you hit grandpa, he's my grandpa," he howled at me. "He had a gun," I told him. "It was a toy, you idiot." I went back to my car and ate biscuits.

(Translated by Ioana Stan / 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 February 2021, the group has 4.300 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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