Because he was getting bored, Old Nickdid 666 summersaults and became an owner. Of a restaurant. He thought about what to call it, then he clicked his hooves and a huge brightly-lit advertisement popped in the middle of the city. Old Nick smirked contentedly. At the fancy inauguration, the mayor was invited to cut the ribbon at the. The postmaster invited his consort to the. The priest was called to bless the bride and groom's table at the. Mr This ate at the, Mrs That met her chosen one at the. A fucking mess, no less.
(Translated by Andreea Tobă / 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 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.