Casting. Improvisation. Any gunman's dilemma, leading role in a mediocre western. Two villains fully charged and he with a single bullet in the barrel. He knows that if he commits suicide, this is probably the last film he will act in, but maybe the directors will still appreciate his initiative. Or maybe not. Shoot one, ok, and the other? Even though he is a dropout, he is brilliant. He places himself between them. Dodge. The first shoots the second, he shoots the first. And if he doesn't die? They beat the shit out of him, right.

(Translated by Alin-Marian Mărgescu / 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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