There isn't any statue anywhere. Some prankster launched the rumour on the net. Not seeing it, my neighbours, crazy people, raised the alarm. The statue was stolen. Where is the statue? Filthy thieves, our statue. How imposing, how beautiful, how tall it was, it was looking straight at you, what a piece of work, what a masterpiece. Not even the pigeons pooped on it. Policemen, constables, special forces, volunteers. Raids. Nothing. The mayor offered a reward on the local TV station, Esca reported on the outrageous case.

(Translated by R.C. / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year II / 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 4.300 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 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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