05.11.2021
After the lightning struck me in the shower, I behave outrageously. I wash my panties on my own, I don't go out on the street in an undershirt, I don't spit, I don't scream in the block, I say hello, I don't swear behind the wheel, I signal, I give priority to fools, I don't gossip. I bought flowers for my wife, then I touched a book, God. I can't live like this. Everyone will think that I have common sense, that I am educated and other filth. Today, I got a super offer. 3 in 1, brain with lid opener and corkscrew. That's it, I'm fixing myself on the pickle barrel. I just burped. I'm the Phoenix.

(Translated by Ana-Maria Muşetescu / 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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