45 years well spent. I remember when we moved here. There were only two doors. At the entrance and the architect's mistake - the door leading to nothing. When the closet had arrived and we blocked the pointless door, you got mad. Do you remember all those quarrels? I wanted so badly to throw something and you, a good man, were helping me to push the closet. We were getting in front of the door reconciled and friends again. Look at us now, among all those losers. With furniture and fragile marriages. You fully deserve your spondylosis.

(Translated by Camelia Băluţă / 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 January 2021, the group has 3.000 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 almost daily. The group's coordinators are Florin Piersic Jr., Gabriel Molnar, and Luchian Abel. (Drawing by Adrian T. Roman)

*Versiunea în română a acestui text se poate citi aici, în rubrica Ficţiuni Reale.

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