Thirty little assassins thought they were great. Two missteped and drowned. Twenty-eight assassins ran from me, but I shot three of them. Twenty-five assassins entered the bar.Ten got drunk and I arrested them. Fifteen assassins were walking through the desert. Five did not reach the oasis, only ten remained. Ten little assassins got bored of running. Five surrendered and are now awaiting trial in the shadows. Five clever assassins got lost in the fog. We are still looking for them around the world.

(Translated by Iuliana Mocanu / 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 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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