Although they were students they lived in the dorm of a technical school ten minutes away from the Complex. She crossed the inner courtyard without speaking to anyone and entered the room at the end of the semi-basement corridor. Hello, do you have anything to eat? Nothing much, some flour, a tin of tomatoes and some corn puffs. We were thinking of making a soup out of the flour and tomato juice. Corn puffs on the side. Do you still have any cigarettes left? Cigarettes, yes, a few packs. She turned to Her. Want to go out tonight? I can't tonight, I have to study.

(Translated by Cristina Fliter / 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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