Grigoreeee. Where are you, you son of a bitch. Come on, back to work, arrange the chairs and lay the table cloths, from one moment or another will Chirilă appear and he'll ask for a bowl of beans and 5 spoons, they have a concert tonight on the beach. You've seen the way they fart after a good portion. Do you remember when they ate bean soup at Şoni and they had to interrupt the concert. Grigoreeee. Grigore was cool as a cucumber, he was looking after the pink packet boat that headed to Constanţa and was whistling Chopin.

(Translated by Paula-Silvia Codescu / 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 every few days. 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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