Godmother, this crazy Costeluș is very happy that he rode the first resolution. And he brought me a bouquet of lilacs, because my godfather brought you a bouquet of roses the other day, when he violated the resolution. What's up, goddaughter? I don't know, that's what Costeluș said he saw when his godfather wrote you a 'ticket' on flowers: that's right, I rode it. I'm a different man starting tomorrow. The same me. Oh, my dear, what rider, he broken what he promised he wouldn't do. And what can I do now, because I'm afraid to ask him his name on the resolution.

(Translated by Laura-Elena Dobrin / 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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