În capătul podului este o scară. Cobori 12 trepte, vezi un hol, treci prin el, faci dreapta, intri în bucătărie, pe care o There is a ladder at the end of the attic. You go down 12 steps, see a hall, go through it, turn right, enter the kitchen, cross it, turn left, reach the walkway that leads to the guest room, enter, and in the middle of it you find a hatch. You open it and there is a rope. You slip on the rope and reach the cellar. There is a single window, through which you sneak in and go into the cellar, and behind the last barrel there is a closet. There is a door behind the closet. You open it and there are my glasses. Thanks, I'm waiting for you here.

(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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