It was raining this morning, just like yesterday, and if we believe the forecast, it will rain for weeks on end. On the way to work, bumper to bumper, I inadvertently lingered in front of a car wash. Empty ramps, that was normal. The fact that they were empty like that with water dripping stuck in my mind all day long until I couldn't resist, I asked to be spared from duty and went to wash the car. The owner himself took care of it, he had sent the boys home. He confessed to me that he was in love with Geta from the salon across the street and asked me to get my hair done, because she didn't have clients either.
(Translated by Claudia Alexandra Văcărescu / 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, 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, Răzvan Penescu, and Luchian Abel. (Drawing by Adrian T. Roman)
Versiunea în română a acestui text se poate citi aici, în rubrica Ficţiuni Reale.