The moon and the sun tax could be paid in the same place, at the second window, on the underground floor, but somehow, I do not know how, there were some days off, then the lady got headaches at night and went home at noon, to make children on daytime, cause those are brighter. I personally had gone three times to pay because the man on the moon kept making signs and it was clear that they were gonna cut us off. So now, it's pitch black. I'll slam myself into a tree, guys, who hasn't paid the moon so I can break your face? Screw your sun. Next thing you know they'll cut our ai

(Translated by Monica-Andreea Gaman / 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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