I knew it was a bad idea, but I still remained at the after party and I got wasted. I was sick and paranoia was all over the place. What if I have a gun in my bag? Maybe I wasn't careful last night and put a gun in there, what am I gonna do now? Where the hell would I get a gun from? Calm down, you want to make a fool of us here? First time on a plane? A security guard asked me. No, but I usually get airsick. Mhm, what's in your bag? C-clothes. Riiight, please come with me. And take your clothes off, he said as he put on his gloves.

(Translated by Andreea Ciubuc / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year II / Corrected by conf. dr. Daria Protopopescu / 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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