I have a reservation on the name King. Of course, the cashier said and searched through the register. I see that one of my colleagues made a mistake and wrote 2021 instead of 1963. Today is the 21st of November 1963, obviously. Here is the key. Room 8. Oh, you must be a musician, she added since she noticed the instrument case on the lobby desk. In the room, he put on the bed some sort of watch with many buttons along with the case from which he took out a M107 gun. By tomorrow, everyone will think that Lee Harvey changed the time lapse, he mumbled to himself in malice.

(Translated by Liliana Popescu / 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 June 2021, the group has 6.650 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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