Well, what else did the rude man say? Well, you know. This and that, just that I was too modest. Me? Modest? That scum. Yes, that, beyond doubt, modesty was good for the public. Well, not that I can't be modest when I so please, but why should I brag about it? That's what he says, I pretended not to hear, but he kept talking, this and that. Did he dare? Keep going. He said this and that, that you are something. Good thing I am. At least I am something, he is nothing. Or maybe heis. What? Nothing. Well? Oh, here and beyond.
(Translated by Elena Patricia Măroiu / 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 February 2023, the group has 10,500 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.