Vasile has many goats, Gheorghe said to me while he was riding the tractor. Vasile dedicated me the most romantic message that has ever been written in dung, Gheorghe can catch the flies in my house like a Korean ninja.Vasile is tall so he can pick the apples for me, Gheorghe can reach up to my chest to admire my breast. Vasile always goes for cigarettes, Gheorghe always does the same. Vasile asked my father for my hand, Gheorghe grabbed me directly by the arms. I took Gheorghe, my sister took Vasile and we exchange them from time to time.

(Translated by Angelica Ioana Curcan / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year II / 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 September 2022, the group has 9,250 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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