The closet is so big that, from where I'm looking, it seems to cover the door. I start researching what's in the room just so I don't have to look at the door: 3 green towels, 10 white towels, 5 cakes. I'm not looking at the door. 1 brown men's suit, 1 blue tie, 1 blanket. I'm not looking at the door. 1 scissors, 1 box of pins, 1 bag of candles. I'm not looking at the door. I haven't looked at the door since I arrived from the airport. If I look, I have to open it. And if I open it, I will see my father, all dressed up and beautiful, as he waits for me on the table.

(Translated by Elena Creţu / 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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