Mr Mayor, but you promised. I promised. When I say something I keep my word and when I promise, I do it. I can brag that I have more promises that others' achievements. What did he promise? That he'd stop stealing. So he kept stealing despite the promise. But what did he steal? The promise folder. What is that? I gathered in a folder the promises of all of the candidates for the mayor position to see if they would keep them. And did this guy keep his? Can't you see he keeps the folder underarm? I promise in front of everyone, that starting today I'll keep my promises.

(Translated by Maria Cătălina Moisescu / 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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