Shell necklace received from his mother. Checked. Pink Floyd T-shirt. Checked. Shit, that is mine. Taken out. Beard oil. Checked. Anti-ageing face conditioner. Checked. Three pieces of Cătălin Botezatu panties, two T-shirts and a pair of jeans. Checked. Eight mismatched socks. Checked. The dildo. Checked. No. I get to keep it. Toothbrush. Checked. The green hoodie I bought. Phone charger. Checked. I take the ring off my finger and place it on top. I seal the box with brown tape and deliver it in front of the door. Done.

(Translated by Anca Cristina Ilie / 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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