Mitică was against the vest. But Marcel was pro. Mitică organized a union in the factory where they were working. Marcel was unique, he was the only one fully vested, and he was the only one speaking with a particular kind of lisp. I am not wearing a west, he said. As a result of the pressures he was subjected to, Marcel one day made a spontaneous protest, blocking himself in the elevator. Newspapers and televisions roared, the crowd gathered listening to the chanted slogan, Prowest, Prowest, Prowest. No one understood what he was shouting. The brown drawings painted in the elevator are the witnesses.

(Translated by Delia-Maria Cocoș / 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 April 2022, the group has 8,175 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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