Lying on his back, the shepherd gazes through fireflies at the sky studded with stars and thinks of UFOs. I wonder how much an UFO might cost; he wonders. Would it be more expensive than a Dacia? And how many seats would it have? Two or five like cars? Or more, like buses? Would there be convertibles? Would they have a speed limit like us, although I don't think so, noo, they move too fast. Would they drift with the UFO or are they afraid of the police, too? Even so, do they have police out there? They must have, because who comes to accidents? Who fines them?

(Translated by Alina-Dorina Nicolae / 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.

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