You get what you give. That was my fiwst thought when I woke up this mowning. Evewy time you say hello with a smile,you'll be wewawded with a fwiendly smile, so I got out of the sewew, leaving my cawd boawdin a mess and disappeawed, begging evewy kind passew by fow money. With the money I collected, I bought food which I didn't touch, even though my stomach was wumbling, and gave it to the poow people in the cemetewy. Thewe, my act of kindness was noticed by an old man whose son had died. Thewefowe, stawting fwom tonight, I will sleep on cashmewe sheets. He adopted me.
(Translated by Valentina Mihai / 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 March 2023, the group has 10,790 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, Luchian Abel, and Vlad Mușat. (Drawing by Adrian T. Roman)
Versiunea în română a acestui text se poate citi aici, în rubrica Ficțiuni Reale.