I, Ivan Timofeievici Arhimedov, security guard at the vodka factory Putinskaia, hereby declare: in the night of 15/16 of Mars, while I was doing my rounds in the distillery no 3, I heard a suspicious noise coming from the reservoir. I climbed the stair and opened the lid, and because I bent over to far, I fell inside of it. The reservoir was almost empty, but I still swallowed a few sips of vodka and fell asleep. In the morning, I was awakened by the voice of Fomiskin, the head of department saying: Eureka, I found the bastard.

(Translated by Ioana Busuioc / 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 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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