I moved alone in the mountains and lived quietly for 5 years. A few days ago, I rescued a tourist from the claws of a bear. I made some noise with a bucket. I've been on TV ever since. The saint they call me. I don't have peace anymore. There's a queue at my cottage door, pilgrims come to touch me. While I was explaining to a reporter that I hadn't done anything special, he reached for my beard and pulled out two hairs. He said it was for his son, who applied for Marketing school, and he also put one bet on Rapid for a football game. I'm moving to the seaside, I can't take it anymore.

(Translated by Andreea Tobă / 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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