29.11.2022
There were three of us. One riper than the other, slender and as bright as the morning sun. We started towards the cinema, to feed our thirst for (in)culture and romance. Two movies were running at the same time: A Man and a Woman and Piedone the African. We designate unanimously the tallest of us to take a bite of the queue, while we were waiting quietly our share of idealism, enjoying and ice cream. Ana reaches the booth and asks for the tickets. The lady replies with indifference: A Man and a Woman? To which our Ania, resentful and overly genius says: nooo, three girls.

(Translated by Alin-Marian Mărgescu / 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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