He was bringing news, pensions, and smiles. The upstairs teacher who usually invite him for a coffee and a life story. Today he is going up to give her a white envelope and the news that he will going to retire, thinking that for a while the lady seemed a little ill. From the door verge, she looked at him with troubled eyes, and in the kitchen asked him to read the stamp. He began to linger and then the lady shouted at him because he didn't know the lesson. And hit him with the schnitzels hammer in the head so many times until the envelope became red. And it was left unopened.
(Translated by Laura-Elena Dobrin / 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 August 2021, the group has 7.000 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 Ficțiuni Reale.