Tăgărâlă was whistling dejectedly, dragging his feet along the dusty alley. Passing by Sfoiag's house, he saw Sandu standing at the gate, mighty sad. Sandu, let me buy you a drink, said Tăgărâlă. His face lighting up, Sfoiag gladly accepted. Just as they were heading for the tavern, horrible roars came from the backyard. Tăgărâlă patted his back: I see you're the one who should be buying. You got yourself a new donkey. I got myself a donkey my ass, Sile. Grigorina got herself a karaoke station.

(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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