It started with a bang: the things he was going to do to me, the sensuality I exuded, and this and that, and I could've sworn I thought I wouldn't get any sleep tonight. Two minutes passed, bam, clang, thud, clank, he just breathed out a "Ah, I reached my limit." He passed out like an old man who has just gone up three flights of stairs while carrying some heavy bags of groceries cause the elevator was broken. There was a trickle of drool oozing from the corner of his mouth and now he was mumbling something about death, cardiac arrest, that he's seen some film, and that he wouldn't have imagined something like that. Mhm.

(Translated by Ioana Stan / 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 February 2021, the group has 4.300 members.) The authors write ultra-short stories, setting their texts within the limit of 500 symbols (in Romanian language, so in English the limit might be a little different) - a flash-fiction exercise with an almost daily changed topic. 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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