5 shots of tequila, 3 beers, a screwdriver, shut up before I lose the count, so a screwdriver, some champagne from someone whose birthday was, I'm not bragging dude, just making the inventory, I was in Expirat and after that in Stuf I think, let me get myself together bro, what do ya' want, what's the serious deal, what's with these boys in uniforms, the August 10th officers came even in Vama, what do you mean we're not in Vama anymore, but where else would we be, it's not like we left like lunatics, what language do these guys speak, my god bro, what did we do last night?

(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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