As I sit on the 6th floor, I could see him floating near the church towers, then down and tearing down the broken lighting pole. He hung on to the cables for a while, and when they gave way, a piece of him landed in the block's yard and the other right on the road in front of the church. As it appeared, so it disappeared. Those from the town hall picked it up with the platform, those who can not sleep even at night. Now those in Releului Street have a UFO, where it was stored until the payment of the 270 lei tax.

(Translated by Alexandra Cica / 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 December 2021, the group has 7.750 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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