I had been watching the doors of the hacienda opening and closing for some time. I had already recognized them by their faces, I counted thirty Mexicans, and I understood what I had to do: I wandered down the sun-warmed street and stopped in the seedy bar. What do you want, the bartender looked at me, pretending to have already forgotten my green eyes. I turned my head to the silent figure stroking his guitar: I want him. The bartender choked on the tequila worm and burst out in exasperation: you also want him? It's like I'm acting in one of those incredibly crappy movies. Do you all want Banderas?

(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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