You'll come out a bo$$. Are you sick of failing exhams? At us, you'll get dough falling out of the sky. You want to be a big shot? Here, you'll learn that respekt is won by playing the slot machine. We offer diplomas for spitting out seeds, 'manele' development courses or economics with usury. For a humble price, we will perform a nape muscle implant. Two tribal tattoos after your first brawl. Lybrary for all: Poker and Sevens. Proof needed in order to enroll: the BMW payment installments. You don't need no salary if ya mom's got a pension. God bless you and your family. Don't forget, your fists gots no brains.

(Translated by Marta Fulga / 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 August 2021, the group has 7.000 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 Ficțiuni Reale.

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