Gicu was lazing on the three-leg chair. He was whining about his life full of worries and needs while leaning on the shriveled wall. Titi came by with a scythe on his shoulder. Gicu, come on, get your ass to work. You will earn some money and also get a free hot meal. Gicu opened one eye. Oh, this little? Titi looked confused. You don't have a job nor a penny, you lazy ass. Gicu smiled while his stomach was hurling in a chronical hunger. I need nothing, I have everything I need. Titi left, waving his hand in disgust. You have both a palace and wealth, you only need a hat.

(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.

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