I used to hide in the garden and sing operettas into the cob. One day, Ana, the neighbour's girl, saw me. Did you run over a cat, Dorel? she asked me laughing. The next day, the whole village knew that I was playing celebrity in the corn field. I cried myself to sleep. That night, I dreamed of a lady who explained to me that the best revenge is success. So I got my head in the game. I became a famous performer. Just now, a few minutes ago, I got off the stage. Someone is knocking on my door. It's Ana. Can you give me an autograph, please?

(Translated by Cristina-Bianca Ion / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year II / 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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