What is my favorite white man doing? He said, shaking the crumbs from his trimmed beard, as he is a hipster now, fasting his son's fast, a diet based on an ash-rag on an empty stomach and a lump of unleavened bread, all day long. I'm sorry to receive you like this, in a divine training, but I didn't expect you to come. Boss, it's a bad thing, your business is starting to squeak. The world no longer believes in You. He says you leave things happen randomly. Thoughtfully, he says, Strange. I'm uncoupling them.

(Translated by Medeea Alexandra Stan / 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 January 2022, the group has 7.830 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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