It's August and the town is full of sins. Dirty, clogged with gossip, tendentious questions in shitty TV programmes and me playing just as sinfully as a short film about the oldest occupation in the world. I am a pretentious slut, stuck in front of the TV. I stick my tongue into a Tiramisu ice cream. I stick my head out the window into this urban inferno and I pray for rain. I see the shadows of my accomplices as they follow them like guard dogs. I can hear thunders in the sky. It rains in the sun. Instant flash mob. Shadows and umbrellas. It is my town.

(Translated by Jessica-Polixenia-Cristiana Copilaș / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year I / 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 May 2023, the group has 11,260 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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