One word. Noun. Something long. A stick. A thick stick. Wood. Hand. Shoulder. You've got something on your shoulder. A stick on your shoulder. Fishing rod. Fishing. It's not a fishing rod. A stick. You're pulling with a stick. Pulling the trigger. Shotgun. Soldier. Army. You're throwing yourself down on the ground. Army training. You're shooting in the army. You're shooting. You're shot. You're hurt. You're dying. No, you're not dying. Shooting. You're reloading the shotgun. You're shooting for a long time. You're dodging. Somebody else is shooting at you. One word. Shotgun. Soldier. Shotgun. Damned shotgun. Just wait and you'll see the war I'm about to start with you, Axinte, 'cause you don't know how to mime.

(Translated by Cristina-Bianca Ion / 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 July 2021, the group has 6.800 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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