For certain I was worn-out, I had just finished the night shift and they lifted me in the train. I slept propped on my arm, on a rucksack, near the toilet. I woke up on the platform, in Mangalia, with badges marks on my face, they had descended at Costineşti, I hitchhiked in order to find them. At night, at the club, I fell asleep, glued to a stereo. The next day, I woke up in Gara de Nord, with a ringing in my ears.

(Translated by Ana Maria Adriana Oprea / 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 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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