Mr Richman, who inherited luck and dirty money, which had been passed on from father to son, had thought of building something bigger than his ego. A house that could be visible from the Moon with the naked eye, and that would make the alien race turn green with envy. After having reached the Vatican and asked them for their blessing and for the secret of the Pyramids, he sent 666 trucks to be filled with Chinese workers and hired the best architects in the world. His first move was to demolish The People's Salvation Cathedral to make way for the house. His second move was to light a cigar.

(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.

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