Come on. Give me a break from your communist ideas. How could you understand? You're a communist. That's what you are. This is what I used to say to my grandfather, and it obviously upset him. One particular time, he said to me: When I got my first job, we were royalists. After a year, they said it was all over. From that moment on, we were supposed to be communists. When I added up forty years in my work field, we were told that we were no longer communists, but capitalists. It's only a matter of time before your son tells you Give me a break from your corporate bullshit. How could you possibly understand? You're a corporate guy.

(Translated by Elena Florea / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year II / 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 March 2022, the group has 8,050 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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