Dad came home dressed in a thick new coat, we looked at him and he toldus. That's it, as of today, it's over, the dictator has fled. We need to stay alert, terrorists are roaming the streets, and he carefully placed the ax near the door. The next day, we went out into the street and shouted for joy in unison. We were united in happiness as we hadn't been while in pain. We struck the axe countless times, untilwe killed the ghosts. There were many. First we killed fear, then lies, then betrayal. The next day, painted ladies shouted freedom in the streets.

(Translated by Bianca Ioana Prisecaru / 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 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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