We also ran out of eggs. I dress in a hurry. I grab my red coat, I don't see the phone. I press the flashlight option and light under the bed, it may have fallen down there. I tell my husband to beep and my hand vibrates. Oh, yes, the flashlight was on the phone. I go downstairs, get in the car. Dammit, I lost the keys again. I'll walk. After 15 minutes, I storm into the store to buy. What should I buy? The list is on the kitchen table next to the cup of undrinked coffee. But more importantly: what am I doing at Ikea?

(Translated by Carla-Marina Ştefănescu / 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 April 2021, the group has 5.600 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, Răzvan Penescu, 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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