Day 2, MMXXII. The Dacians and the Romans. Ludo. Are the games played with dice? Alea iacta est. Pawns on a board. Random numbers. Soldiers with comati women. Legionnaires with tarabostes' daughters. Centurions with tribal princesses. Densușianu dixit. Brânză, varză, viezure, mânz. From 14% of conquered land, came 100% of Romanians. Perhaps they've left the door half-open during the Roman withdrawal. They've left, fewer than they've come. What is your name, Dacian cub? Gyuri. Whose kin are you? Attila's. Ey, you're in my garden.

(Translated by Constantin Istrate / 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 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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