I don't hate him. No matter what everyone thinks, he is a nobody. I own that. I once stepped in some shit and had to throw away my shoes. That's the first rule. Have spare slippers. If you don't have it, don't do it. If you don't have the ground under your feet and hope that the sailor hanging at the tavern in the port will make you happy, you will always live in a nut shell taken by the eddies and poured into a canal. The girls listened with open mouths. Come on, ready for today, my client is coming. She took a shot and went down to the cellar.  

(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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