Shut it, you're givin' me a col'. But, sir, Mărășești is just over at the next station. Boy, close de goddamn door or you'll giv' me a col'. Why're ye so dum'? Can't see I'm freezin' solid? I'll catch a sniffl' just cause you're feelin' like smokin' a cig, ye jerk. Shut the door or I'll stick it down yer throat, windbag. I'll gift ye' a punch in yer' mug that yer gon' need implants for, ye hear? Good evening. I am Officer Whatshisname. Your tickets and identification, please. Whatshisname, shut it or yer' gon' get it as well.

(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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