In the village of Doaga, Ion was growing tobacco and selling cigars. But the villagers did not want to buy from him anymore and switched to packs of smokes. He changed the recipe, and during a national day went to the community center. He offered cigars to the people there. Gică started conversing with his dead mother, old woman Floarea revealed her boobs on stage, the priest threw off his cassock as the policeman was blowing kisses at him, Vasile kissed Culiţă's head, which he had cracked open just the day before. Today, Ion is the mayor of the Blazeşti village, formerly known as Doaga, and the community center is now a tourist attraction.

(Translated by Ana Stănilă / 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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