I am reading the script. Three assassins set to kill the same person, and that is me. A boring, typical Romanian film, low budget, they'll probably have me wrestle them with my bare hands, because there are no weapons. Well, Keanu Reeves kills three of these in a minute, why would I settle for anything less? Let's say, in three minutes maximum, I'llend them all. And what about the rest of the movie? Please, we'll see, let me put on my glasses. Oh, there are thirty assassins. Ok, now you're talking! This way I'll be more credible, won't I?

(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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