They threw the cross in the Danube River and everyone started freaking out. The pope and the mayor awarded them a voucher at the town center pub. Big deal. Look at me, babe. When I jump overboard, you jump too. We take the discount and go out tonight. I'm not really good with my hands though. You just have to jump quickly after me. Stop messing around, Silvi. C'mere. Are you jumping? Well? Stop taking your clothes off, you nutcase, they're watching you. Babeee, came the echo. Splash. Andrei, bring a cold beer from the fridge and pull that goose out of the water, I'm getting a cramp.
(Translated by Marta Fulga / 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.