When I grow up, I want to be a doctor. No, because you spend years in university, it's a waste of time. An engine mechanic? Well, what's with you and trains? Mihai's father is an actor, you know. Mihai's father is penniless and unhappy. A lawyer? Too much of a liar. Maybe an architect, because I like playing with Lego. And when the robots take over, who's going to hire the architects? At only 25 years old, I opened my own assassination firm, with thirty employees, a large and hidden office, with a monthly profit above my expectations.

(Translated by Florina Șamata / 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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