I walk into the dorm blindly hoping that she would be standing on the window sill, arranging the cheap curtain to no avail. But only a huge bug and a heap of dishes were waiting for me. I open the package from back home, I take out the zacuscă and some alcohol and I put on a sad song and wash the dishes, followed by sweeping the floor and tidying up in the closet. She hasn't taken all her stuff yet, so I gather them and throw them in a plastic bag. I leave out a pair of shoes, taking a long whiff before I fill them with pălincă and drinking from them until I'm blacked out.

(Translated by Ruxandra Ioana Vasile / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year II / 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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