I'm at the Joyful Drunks with a whiskey in front of me thinking about all and nothing. Actually, I'm stalking John who's with his girl in a hotel room across the street. I take out my gun ad verify it. It's like a lucky charm to me, as long as I have it with me, nothing bad can happen to me. I got it from my father, who gifted it to me telling me to use it wisely. Which I've done. It got me out of seemingly hopeless situations. I take good care of it.

(Translated by Ioana Busuioc / 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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