When I was a pubescent boy living in the world of pickpockets and wannabe cool dudes in a Moroccan neighbourhood, something happened to me that haunts me to this day. After some manhole covers disappeared, the cops of Police Station 5 retrieved them from the Junkyard and stashed them in their lair. But the smart guys I was working for as a lookout wanted to take them back from the fuzz, so they made me keep a lookout right outside the station while they stole the metal. We got caught. Except me.

(Translated by Diana Mîndruță-Tănăsescu / 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 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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