Petre has wanted to become a trucker since he was little. His greasy hair could fuel your whole pan of French fries with oil. He was wearing a tricot tank top smelling of tractor on his sunburned shoulders. The buzzer on his right hand was helping him to shift gears while his left hand was feeding him a sausage, smoke-dried by a Mărăşeşti cigarette. Sometimes, he stopped by the call girls at the side of the road; other times, he was honking at them. After the war, he became an entrepreneur; of a trucking company. Roman S.A. delivers your knick-knacks safely, said Roman, Petre Roman.

(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 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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