You thief, what are you doing here? yelled the man, his fingers being clenched on the knob of the door that he had just closed. The other man froze. He was trying to cover his nakedness, and also hide under the sheets the woman sitting next to him. What are you doing here with my wife, you bastard? added the first man fiercely, while the second was reeling back from his bewilderment and mumbling barely discernible. You are wrong, sir. I am in my room with my wife. The man who had just entered looked around him. 1984? 1884, you are one floor above.

(Translated by Delia-Maria Cocoş / 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 July 2021, the group has 6.800 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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