They called me to play music. Dark Angel Vasile was my stage name. Ripped jeans, spiked bracelet, a Cradle of Filth shirt and boots. I entered, all went hush. I could see their prayers in their eyes. I put on Pink Floyd, it was ok, but when I put on Iron Maiden, Metallica, Judas Priest, chairs started flying. In 10 minutes, a brawl broke out. They wrote about it in the local newspaper the next day. Everyone's spirits calmed down when a friend with a lot of hair gel put on Vali The Storm from a CD, Chef de Chef, from 2000.

(Translated by Jin Cristian Yang / 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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