The director was fretting on set. The extras weren't following his instructions. It was a war scene in which several characters were shot dead. But the actors were falling too theatrically and the scene didn't seem realistic. They had done countless takes but the director was still unhappy. We're going to do another take, he decided. This time, everything came out perfectly. With ease, the foreground character fell shot. Done, it's all good now. It's staying, said the director. Boss, this one's not moving anymore, noticed one of the director's assistants. He's dead, said the doctor.

(Translated by Carla Beţianu / 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, 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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