God dropped three ice cubes into the amber liquid, lit a cigar and threw a curious look down. Interesting. Each of the small town's children was counting the coins in their piggy banks. The next day, at roughly five o'clock, the butcher shop was left without a trace of bacon, the children had bought everything. God got himself a popcorn bowl. By nightfall the entire school reeked of singed pork. Shhhh, a dog's drawing near, it'll munch on it. The dog did show up, lifted a leg and peed over the serious business. Oh, Jeezus, squealed good old God.

(Translated by Ioana Ștefan / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year I / 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 November 2022, the group has 9,580 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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