I'm a foreigner. I study Romanian in Bucharest. Tomorrow we're having a test on genitive and I don't have money for bread. I broke the window of that benz and snatched the box shimmering on the dashboard, but two popos busted me. I showed it to them. They opened it. I didn't see what was inside it but they slid me a paper and gestured me to fuck off. I'm a foreigner. I study Romanian culture and civilisation. Tomorrow we're having a test and I didn't have enough for bread. Man, that's what I like about this country: the police really make you feel safe.

(Translated by Ioana Grigoruţă / 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 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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