I need some saw blades. I should also take a pound of nails. And some screws, just in case. So. Eight or nine corners. To change the tail of the hammer because it's a bit worn. I better take two. A box with brass buttons. Wood putty, a box of varnish, a set of brushes, a pack of sandpaper sheets. Good. Let's see what kind of slats they have here. Eighty by two meters. Should I take seven? I better call. Hello, good morning, I'm Cornel Corbu, from the funeral home. How tall did you say the deceased was?

(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 every few days. 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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