I got drunk and lost one of them on the road. I was very drunk. I wasn't at fault. I got attacked by dragons while on the road, and fought back with my bag since I didn't have my sword with me. But I emerged a winner. However, I am met with cries once I reach home: "The class graduation is tomorrow, how could you Daddy?" I return to the battlefield to look for it and I find it. Lacquered red and with straps. I return victorious, only to be met with even more crying. My wife regards me with disgust. I process it slowly. It seems we were missing the left shoe and I had brought back the right one, twice. How drunk could I be?

(Translated by Ruxandra Ioana Vasile / 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 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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