Those guys' flying saucer crashed right on the ball field, the EU-funded one, with the floodlight. The mayor said who wants to take a green man home 'till Costică fixes their saucer is free to. I took in two of 'em cos we have 'bout 1,4 acres to mow but I didn't feel bad about them cos they were working a lot and only eating fatback with leeks and garlic cheese. They didn't need squat the whole entire day, but leeks. Some plum brandy for the joints. When they left, I packed them more leeks. That's if they ever made it home. Costică has only given new shoes to horses, but never to UFOs.
(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 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.