It is more beautiful at night; after you give your godfather everything you had set aside, you hitchhike to Vamă; you are picked up by the teenagers who asks if you have green on you, but since you don't know the jargon, you arouse the pity of the bartender from Che Guevara, who, although he came from Târgovişte to work and raise honest money, serves you and your friend a cooked goulash by him and onions cooked in the fire made on the beach. Then in the water, make the raft facing the stars and repeat a line from Otilia's Enigma. Why don't we fall into the sky now?

(Translated by Georgiana Carmen Rădulescu / 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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