Thursday, 2PM.A tall man in a trench coat, wearing glasses, entered the41. He left after an hour - without his glasses on and with his hair a bit dishevelled. The husband arrived at 3:15PM. He used the key. On Friday morning she left in a hurry. I didn't manage to see what she was wearing. I didn't even have time to take a proper sip from my coffee. She did a weird gesture with her middle finger as if pointing my way. How could she have seen me? While I poured some sugar into my cup, knock-knock-knocks at the door. Auntie Aurica, c'mon, hey, open it, I've brought you the pension.

(Translated by Mihaela Guţu / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year II / 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 March 2021, the group has 4.300 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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