He had the last one with the nutcase who used to clean up the apartment buildings. The nutcase left the baby on his doorstep and he raised him along with the other three. He sent him for vodka and had him wax his boots. He liked playing the mandolin. Ioan, the eldest, graduated philosophy and, as the old devil liked to say, wanted to figure everything out.Mitică, the second, joined the army, but he was a drunkard and a lecher, incredibly conceited, and ended up getting kicked out. Alex, the third, was into Bible thumping, he was no good. The old man started to take notice of Mitică's whore. 

(Translated by Marta Fulga / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year II / Corrected by conf. dr. Daria Protopopescu / 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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