If I leave my city, Iaşi, all roads lead to Roman. Let's say I'm visiting my daughter in Braşov, there's no way I don't pass through said Moldavian city. The same goes when I leave the capital. Of course, I also pass through there when I go to Piatra Neamţ. But you know what's funny? A friend of mine who works for the traffic police lives in Roman and every time I pass through there, we run into each other unexpectedly. It simply happens. You should know she's never given me a ticket.

(Translated by Diana Mîndruţă-Tănăsescu / 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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