Who is it? I won't open, leave me alone with your pans and your graters and your vacuum cleaners. I hade enough with all this cooking and cleaning. Let others do do it, I did enough. You also have massage devices? Oh, yes. I would need one of this, cuz' I haven't felt a men's hand for 20 years. Tell me, darling, is one of those that they show on TV, that shakes you like that? Good heavens, how young you look, son. Are you a student? At acting school? I'll take the device if you recite me a poem. One about infatuation. Come in, come in.

(Translated by Camelia Băluţă / 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 May 2021, the group has 6.400 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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