Tăgărâlă's son Niculae sped up the engine like crazy, making the broken muffler of his BMW to boom like fireworks on Harvest Day. Seeing Toropeală's Gicuța swaying her hips and dragging her flipflops through the alley's hot dirt, he shouted: Oi! Are you going to let Nick take you for a drive around the block? Gicuța happily accepted, Niculae sped away, and with his eyes pointed to Gicuța's thighs, he crashed into Sfoiag's fence and straight into the garden. Lightheaded he asked: Where are we? Gicuța groggily answered him: In the middle of a leek field, Nick, in the middle of a leek field.

(Translated by Monica-Andreea Gaman / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year II / Corrected by prof. dr. Nadina Vișan / Edited 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 October 2022, the group has 9,400 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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