We have one million dollars. The bank lacks one million. Ha-ha. We are The Blind, The Silent, The Deaf, and the little one. So how do we share them? Boss, there are five of us, so 250 old grands each. Deaf man, it's not good, damn it, damn your sharing. Boss, I did it on the phone and it came out exactly 200 thousands. Silent, you'd better shut up. First of all, the little one takes less from the very beginning, meaning nothing. Moreover, I'm the boss. Blind, look out, how much is now? Bang, bang, bang, click. There. I have one million dollars. As simple as that.

(Translated by Anca Cristina Ilie / 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 May 2021, the group has 6.400 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, Răzvan Penescu, 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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