Freshmen's prom, 1986. The high-school cantina. Two guitars, a station, two speakers and a microphone. All the health in the world to Mister Stan from the Young Communists' Union for giving them to us. Shall we begin? The children are here. There's that woman from the party. The one who was supposed to see us at club T3. We'll sing the one about peace. Peace, peace, we want peace, peace is our only purpose. Bang, in a rock song. Look, that cow's gone, she's seen enough. Shall we make an intro? It would be good for the kids. In e violet sky. Look at them dancing. I'm taking the mic. It's been a hard day's night.
(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.