I heard his hoarse voice: Come on, kid, let's see. Smoker. From Mărășești, from the smell. Take off your clothes. Did you put it on? What? The condom, loser. No. Here you go. On the house. Put it in, what are you waiting for? I didn't get to shake my ass three times, because the bed broke. The initiation session went to hell. Fix it, you broke it. This event marked me for the rest of my life. I never show up to a meeting without a screwdriver, hammer and pliers.

(Translated by Andreea Denisa Dinu / 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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