I know, the house is old, it needs lots of repairs, we need to change it's tiles, the plaster. Into the wood, woodworms are dancing, the floor is worn-out, in the attic mice are rocking in chairs, the courtains are full of moths. Right in the moment I was about to give up, the owner told me something that convinced me on the spot. A hands-off proposition. We can leave the car in front of the house without giving a penny. For how long? Precisely as much as you said that you're going to love me, 500 years.

(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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