It is said that the most practiced profession today is that of a judge. We all judge. We judge the luck of the one who was born 30 years ago in a shoe box in a closet, and then some deity or other prays for him so he doesn't die. And he doesn't die, but he makes us pay. We judge his parents because they are poor and can't raise him. Look what came out of him. It wasn't enough that he was a lame embryo, now he's the Great Judge. Well, well and the time? Pay ten extra lei for parking.

(Translated by Lucia-Alexandra Brînaru-Mitrofan / 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 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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