The mornings were full of excuses, I have to pass, do you have a light, but today the colleagues were on vacation and they woke up alone and drank their coffee in the kitchen, intimidated by so much freedom. Let's go shopping, she suggested, satisfied with the idea, it was a mature, responsible act. OK, what do we need, he puffed towards the ceiling. Coffee, cigarettes, she wrote on the list. We have milk, bread. Dishwashing, she emphasized. Do you have money? No. Do you? No. They snorted with laughter and phew... the crumpled list landed in the trash.

(Translated by Alexandra Gruia / 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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