I had the best swear collection. Worked swears, put in order bloody hell over bloody hell, f your mother folded nicely over f your mother. Respected in the neighborhood. Until the Steaua-Dinamo derby. I was head of the gallery. I stood up with my right hand in the air and instead of f you Lăcă, I wake up opening my mouth and out come thousands of white doves. They all hugged each other and cried. Ever since then I've been gathering beer bottles and slogans like just married and collecting bills to open a car wash.

(Translated by Andreea Grinţescu / 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 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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