A fly wandered carelessly through the pearly black granules of the caviar. We thought we should try it, at least once. I'm not in the mood, he says while looking at their reflection in the turned off TV screen. They had been promised a last broadcast, but the electricity guys had gone, as well as all the car guys in the media. Besides, who would've comforted them with the speech, even the president was nowhere to be found. The hooligans broke loose on the streets, but they were listening to them quietly, because Hell was about to be unleashed. Or maybe that was how redemption started.  

(Translated by Claudia Cioplea / 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 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.

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