And after the fake walls, made of brightly colored cardboard, fell down, they looked at the empty field and some decided to raise bustards. Then one of them came forward: this new life must have a Leader for the Welfare of All. So he confiscated the idea of bustards from the rich and gave it to the poor, and they appointed him their most beloved leader. But what can people do with an idea? So, after a short time, they killed the dictator who was keeping them poor. And after the fake, colored cardboard walls came down, they looked at the empty field, and they.

(Translated by Ana-Maria Batog / 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 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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