Wedding number 1, run away number 1 with the money, bought car A. Old, small. Divorce, wedding number 2, run away number 2 with the money. Sold car A, added gift 2, bought car B. New, small. Divorce, wedding number 3, run away number 3. Sold car B, raised but 3, bought car C. New, big, ugly. Divorce, wedding number 4, run away number 4. Ion loves cars more than women. Today he's in the Z car. New, strong, gorgeous. The latest Ferrrari model has only one flaw: it looks painful when your foot is tied to the rear bar, and you're dragged through the village by wife number 31.

(Translated by Elena Crețu / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year II / 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 September 2021, the group has 7.150 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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