The road seemed excruciatingly long. I was trying to catch a glimpse of the driver. I was pretending to look out the window, but I was staring down the back of his neck and wondering whether he knew who I was. I was already getting ready to pull out my gun and blow his brains out, when he started to speak. Have you been here before? Some time ago. Aren't you afraid? No. Now, not even soldiers or dogs can feel my presence. Pull over here, I said abruptly, and then Bang-Bang. It was the right spot to leave another one behind, a forest covered by the most colourful autumn, and myself - free again.

(Translated by Constantin Istrate / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year II / Corrected by prof. Daria Protopopescu / 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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