His name was Aurel and he was a dictator in the ship of fabrications. He had a perfect set of teeth. Some thought his teeth were gorgeous, bright and straight. Some said he wore a mouth guard to cover cavities, gaps or even fillings. He always had a wry smile on his face, without any presence. He fought for minor ideas, the major ones didn't tickle his fancy. He used his iron hand to shove his boot in his colleagues' mouths. But one day he was found dead. Nay Sayers say he took is over, the poison of the cynics.

(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.

0 comentarii