insects are born. Four people on an empty street. A lady with a fox fur. Next to her the wayward son who pollutes the air with curse words trying to explain that he would beat the hell out of anybody in his sight. An old man and a young man in front of them stop after hearing the boxer. Their desperate looks were an open invitation for the other one to act first.
Please, I'm an old man. Exactly, you've got nothing more to lose. The old geezer then makes a left into an alley. The young man squeaks like a snail with bulging purple eyes.
(Translated by Alin Sescu / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year I / Corrected 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.