Dear people from Roman (uproar), I've thought a lot, while climbing the steps of this stage, that your town's name comes our country's name itself, Romania (applause). You should be proud of this (loud applause). Proud as I am to finally be here, as someone cleverer than me was saying, where all the roads lead to (silence). In the end, thank you for the key of the town, and I can't wait for you to show me the door that I can open with it (applause, cheers and some stray giggles).

(Translated by Camelia Diaconu / 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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