Silence, cries the prim toque. If you have something to discuss, come out. The pink glitter hat coughed and tried to look serious. Let's get back. Speak up Mr. Tall Hat with narrow brims. Esteemed toque, I was at the window. And suddenly. The pink hat burst out laughing, tickled by a wide brim with an ostrich feather. Quiet. I'll throw you out. So. Let's continue. So we were sitting at the window. A motorbike stopped right in front of me. In the back was a helmet with glasses and I couldn't help myself. So? Two months later 4 Non Blondes came out.

(Translated by Anca Cristina Georgiana Mihai / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year II / 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 January 2023, the group has 10,220 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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