I'm so, so very sorry. Please forgive me, I have been such a pig. I know, I shouldn't have said all that stuff, but myeah, you know me, I'm a bit of a bad mouth. Yeah, I could've kept my mouth shut. Actually, I really couldn't anymore, you know. I'm getting a little tired of your friends' attitude and the way they look at me, so patronising. I had to tell them. Well, maybe not call them impotent. Or onanists? The one about their mothers weren't okay either, I'm sorry. But it was the first time in my life I drank Metaxa.

(Translated by Adrian-George Ilinca / 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 June 2022, the group has 8,500 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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