The vans appeared at the prison gate. What's new, asked headmaster Blackheart? There are 10 thieves and 30 murderers and rapists. What do you think, where should we put them? Looking in the cameras, at the faces of those who arrived, he said decisively: you take the thieves to agriculture without tools, to dig potatoes. You take the others to the Black Mines. Silence. But no one came back from there. Even so, said the headmaster longingly caressing the picture on the desk where his wife and son were watching him. He knew in his heart that the angels agreed. An eye for an eye.

(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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