I'm off to present a training on the valorization of local resources and entrepreneurship in rural areas. Once I get there, lo and behold, the event hall is occupied. There's sweetbread next to the projector and a deceased person on my desk. The memorial's already being written on my flipchart. No worries. I change my route. I gather the future businesswomen in a small, unsanitary building and I eagerly begin telling them about biotechnologies. Then, all of a sudden, I'm cut short: Y'know what, lady? Leave us the hell alone with your sustainable development and let's go drink some plum brandy!

(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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