Gică presses the buttons of the machine hard: Hey, you fool, five sevens, I have gained 1,000 lei. He stood up, did a belly dance and high-fived with Ion. Lucky bastard, you're paying, said Ion. Gica's phone rings with Salam's song. Ah, it's my wife, what am I to do, she asked me not to hit the slot machines any more. Tell her you went fishing. Yes, I'm at the fishery, I got a 5 kilo carp, got lucky today. Gică listened to what his wife was saying and his eyes bulged. He looked at Ion: Boy, what a day, the slot machines, the fish, and listen to this, my mother-in-law died too.

(Translated by Alina-Mihaela Burciu / 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 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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