Ciggies, ciggies, cigarettes. Come, buy cigarettes. Come on, boss, buy one of these perfumes, they smell crazy good, so you don't smell like soap. Armani, Dior, Roja, Baccarat, this boy's got everything your heart desires, said Mario, a small, bald smuggler with two gold teeth, to Luigi, a well-dressed but rather scrawny gentleman. Boss, I'll take you to my place. I wouldn't want those damn cops to see my den. Luigi followed him to the warehouse, where he showed him his police ID. You're the third thief we've caught this month.

(Translated by Andreea-Iulia Ciucă / 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 December 2022, the group has 9,880 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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