Wouldn't it be better to leave shift III to me next week? And so I receive oil and meat at Alimentara and you have to get in line from time to time, because Vasile comes again with all his neighbors and I take it before you. And then we catch the tassel. What do I put next to that little puree? Leftovers from the butchery? You eat them with Smaranda, because you're still looking for them in the horns. Do you think I haven't seen you turn your head for her skirt? She has money as a seamstress, because she has no children. Ah, John, John. Set the clock to four.

(Translated by Bianca Dumitru / 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 4.300 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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