Misha, what is it, why are you so fidgety? Did you bring the wine from my golden boys? asks the Bearded Man looking for a glass. I want to taste it. I don't want us to make a fool of ourselves when those people come. Peter, leave that gate, it's Sunday, my birthday, I'll treat you with this offering. God, you know I don't eat handout food. It makes me sick. Don't worry, Peter, I'll talk to Luke when he comes, he'll bring you some KFC. Let's make the best of it, it's only once a week that you celebrate me. Rafa, flip the switch. I'll pretend I'm surprised by the fireworks.

(Translated by Lenuța Bejenaru / 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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