Oy, Gheo, check this. Why don't you come to my place this Saturday, just for a little bit. And I'll talk to Vasile and Ion, so they can come too. I'll pitch in that original plum brandy and you bring some of that bomb bacon of yours. And we'll get together at my place, under the mulberry tree, and we'll watch funny movies and laugh. So, boy, imagine putting the shit on the cutting board, setting the stage, or whatever it's called, as for celebration, boy. Oy, what do you say, are you coming? My birthday comes around only once.

(Translated by Cristina Șuică / 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 November 2021, the group has 7.500 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 every few days. 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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