The sheep are already in the pen and the food pantry is already full and he still goes down into town to buy tobacco. He arrived on the empty alleys carefully, leaning on his staff and listening to the unusual silence of the mountains. He went in the little general shop, looked everywhere, picked up two packs of tobacco from the shelf, waited for a few seconds, turned around to look for a gallon of gas, found it, left the money on the counter and left straight for the mountain. The plum trees are about to be handpicked, a voice can be heard growling from a speaker, in a yard.  

(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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