We were a happy gang, The Black Hoods. Rebellious teenagers of 17 with blood boiling in our veins. One day rock music and the 3 a.m. rides became not enough for us. One of us came with the idea. What if we barrowed a car and ride, and then leave it in the same place. We could end up in jail. Coward. Your mother raised you with a silver spoon. Come with us. We'll have hell of a fun. From that point I have lost my gang. Though I usually visit them at the parlor.

(Translated by Mara-Sabina Rolea / 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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