Is "pants off" on the list? The one in which one goes to his neighbor in his underwear and asks for a cup of oil? What do you mean, could we have these as well? I won't get undressed in front of anyone. I thought these were only for them so that we can see something nice. Let's change them, please, we will make fun of ourselves. We'd better use the other 10 commandments, the simple ones. Here they are. Drink down a bottle of beer. Smoke 3 cigarettes at a time. Take out the trash with a plastic bag on your head and a candle in your hand. Leave this one that says "burb the alphabet".

(Translated by Diana Simulescu / 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 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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