First address. I walk in and bam, I turn over the table with all the chairs. The owners stare at me as I throw the pot on the windowsill into the window from which all the powdered glassware jumps. The second address. A party. I put the plates in their arms and slam the chandelier against the walls. Sparks jump like fireworks. Third address. An old man with Alzheimer's. He sees me. We say hello but I don't have time to talk. I'm leaving, I have more visits to make. They call me a poltergeist. On my business card was written estate agent.

(Translated by Alma Teodora Miron / 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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