The guy really seemed cool. Me speaks a bit Romanian, I learn. It's ok, I speak only a bit of Romanian too. Lol. I work in corporate, so, you understand. Yes, me un-der-stand vary well. Wow. You're really good. Where are you from? England. Aha. Do you like it here? Yes, I like it. Old center, clubs, cheap beer, women. I was eye rolling so much. Do you wanna drink coffee at hotel? Not really. You fucking deceiving cunt. I wasted the whole night with you. He turned around and started the exact same conversation with the girl left to him.

(Translated by Paula-Silvia Codescu / 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 March 2021, the group has 4.500 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 every few days. 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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