Good heavens, dear. We went to the city. To the city we went. It was really pretty. We wondered arounder until we got hungry. Hungry, do you hear me? I said, Hey Veta, keep your eyes open on the shop windows, maybe you'll see something we can eat, cos she didn't let me pack something, she said I'll embarrass her. I'll embarrass her, can you believe that? Veta saw a big sign. So, we went in. It was pitch dark. Where did you bring me, you oaf, I said to Veta. To the cabaret? No tables, no nothing, only a movie and trumpet music. It was trumpet indeed.

(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.

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