Costel, how did you become a deputy from a poor plumber, did ordinary people want to have one of their own? Damn it. Four years ago, I proposed to them to vote for one of their own - as you say. They laughed, they despised me. So I joined the party, I did snow job, I carried briefcases and at these elections I was rebranded: I have a college degree, a master's degree, I enrolled in a doctorate. When and how did you do them, Costel? You were the dumbest kid in the class. You know what, for you I'm Mr. Costel, we are not on the same level.
(Translated by Alexandra Gruia / 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.