I can't believe you left me here. Man, my hands are numb. I was hell-bent on handcuffs, damn it. I can't even breathe with this damned ball. If only I could get it loose just a little, argh, I can't, it's too tight. What if she never comes back? No, she wouldn't do that to me. But what's taking her so long? Maybe she had an accident, got run over crossing the street. God, please. I don't want to die here, not like this. Baby, I'm sorry I took so long. Apparently, other keys won't fit, but I bought an angle grinder.

(Translated by Diana Mîndruţă-Tănăsescu / 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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