Up you go in your golden chariot, since it was built with your sweat and the sweat of your ancestors, please enter the palace, tread on fluffy carpets, wrap your selves in velvet, sleep in silken bedsheets, and at last, eat with silver cutlery, drink champagne from silver chalices, spray fine perfumes on yourselves, climb the marble steps to the top of the sky-scraping towers, feast your eyes on the sunrise crimson, then take your sickles and your hammers and get the fuck back to the darkness you came from.

(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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