Good evening, it's going to be an incendiary evening for you, because I'm an arsonist. Silence cut short by a short cough. I'm kidding. Obviously. Anybody got a fire, fire, fire? Cause I want to burn somebody tonight. Same silence punctuated by a few smoking noises. Boo. What's with all the bus jokes, a voice is heard. Get off the stage. Just a little more, please. You know the one about construction. I'd tell you, but it's still a work in progress. Then a bottle that looked tough bounced right off the comedian's chest.

(Translated by Andreea-Alexandra Șerbănescu / 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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