Dora was 98 years old and she would make cakes and tea every morning, hoping that Death would come to visit. Tired of so much waiting, one day she decided to go to her house. She lit a cigarette and threw a stone at her window. Death put on a robe and went downstairs. Asshole, you're late, I've been waiting for you for 16 years. When you came to get my Ghita, I kept thinking that you would come back for me too. Shame on you for always going where no one invites you. I'm afraid of you, Dora. And she slams the door in Dora's face.

(Translated by Anca Cristina Ilie / 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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