I went to Antarctica to hunt rich widows. I loaded my 22'rifle, but when I got there it was a 6' and the bullet said that in this cold, it refused to come out. The truth is, I didn't care, I had a salmon fur jacket and very suede boots, and an umbrella, just in case. The widows were nowhere to be seen, so I got myself a walrus, since I was already here. I put the saddle and bridle on it and went out into the world, to spread the Mormon faith, the psychopathic cow disease, and the Sibiu cheese.

(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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