What had I done? What's with all the fuss? I'd had two beers and a brandy and I had loved a woman. Why was this cop chasing me? I had paid for the brandy and the beer. The woman was for free. He caught me in front of the bus station. He forcibly put me in the van. There were two cops. One was plump and the other, pretty dumb. The one who'd caught me was quite unsightly. It was the brandy in me that was talking. The beers were popping in now and then too. Have you been drinking? Yes. Did you pay for it? Yes. Did you love? Yes. Did you pay for it? No. Why, you? Why? And then I saw a rainbow.

(Translated by Oana-Roxana Dicilea / 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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