I was in front of my home. The neighbour comes out and stars yelling, shouting, rolling her eyes. A madwoman. She was so close to foaming at the mouth, too. Not only was I unable to dodge the rain of curses, it got me soaking wet. The only thing I managed to tell her was, do you know what you're missing? A d**c. But I did that with a smiling, non-aggressive attitude, your honour. Fine. Three months suspension for incitement to grave desecration.

(Translated by Carla Bețianu / 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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