Stand-up night. The first to take the stage for the Open Mic are two guys. No older than 25. They tell stories about the corporation. Slightly vulgar. The crowd laughs at some jokes and claps at the end. The next two standuppers are over thirty. Both say vulgarities about various topics in a dizzying rhythm. The crowd is in stitches. Next at the mic is a girl. Her jokes are good too and she's got four times more four-letter words than everyone who came before combined. No reaction. Women have no humour, bro, a guy in the audience complains.

(Translated by Diana Mîndruță-Tănăsescu / 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.

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