Julieeet, yo come out on the balcony. Who's there calling out for me? It's me, lil' Romeo, but I ain't callin' out for you. But Juliet from the fourth. Juieeet. Is that you, Romeo? Stop yelling dude, my dad will hear ya. Come down 'ere, I have a surprise, we're going somewhere. Lemme see if my dad finished the bottle he was drinking from and maybe he fell asleep. Yup he's snoring, I'm comin' now. Yo, you're so beautiful, it actually hurts. So where did you say we're going? I bought theatre tickets. Frek shou in two. They say it's cool. Thank God that your dad didn't come to disturb us again like a jackass.

(Translated by Jessica-Polixenia-Cristiana Copilaș / 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 July 2022, the group has 8,750 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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