Madam Verginica, head of the Ministry, had a press conference. The team prepared an ambitious project, to reduce the Romanian traffic congestion, with terms of completion of 4 to 7 years, depending on various factors. Madam Verginica heard that the little guys were preparing something and didn't mind taking credit for it. She was handed an emotional and delicate speech, which she read with intensity. The reporters asked her for her true opinion of this project. The Madam, out of the loop, quickly read off the papers. 4 8 7 years.
(Translated by Ioana Grigoruţă / 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 June 2021, the group has 6.650 members.) The authors write ultra-short stories, setting their texts within the limit of 500 symbols (in Romanian language, so in English the limit might be a little different) - a flash-fiction exercise with an almost daily changed topic. 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.