Bzz. Bzzz. A slap on my sleepy face. The fly laughs in the air. Silence. The curtain is caressed by a warm August wind. Ionica turns to one side and falls asleep again. Bzz. Bzzz. Ionica's snoring turns into mumblings: this fly, motherf'. With his eyes half closed, he starts groping on the floor and picks up one of his slippers. The fly waits quietly on the edge of the nightstand. Ionica is also waiting 'till he falls asleep again. Bzz. Bzzz. Imma about to throw a slipper into Veta's face. She wanted an eco-vacation.

(Translated by Ioana Oacheșu / 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 September 2021, the group has 7.150 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.

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