What swan dude? If you mean that black duck we plucked the other day, to bust a grub, it wasn't us. I swear by almighty God. If I'd known that'n Austria, ov'ere in Viana, you call \'em wild geese black swans, I wouldn't even have thought it. But maybe that lil'dude's got somethin'. Hauretiu, did you nick the bird of this gentleman? He say cross his heart and hope to not enjoy the BMW he boosted from the parkin' lot, if his mouth ever touch a crow before, he never seen one in his life.
(Translated by Andreea Grințescu / 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 April 2023, the group has 11,000 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.