I am Petty the Marplot and this is how I go about life. I mess with people, I go about the world and when I want to do a good thing, it comes out as bad. Do you know that moment when you get yourself into such huge trouble? And you want to season it? Yeah, right, you can't season it as it is not a barbecue - you have no meat so you get it even worse than it was. Well, what can you do? You all cannot be as perfect as me. Today I told someone my congratulations instead of condolences. To be brutally honest, I am a genius in stupidity and I let the cat out of the bag, not out of the topper.
(Translated by Anca Cristina Georgiana Mihai / 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.