He had prepared as if it had been the last day of his life. New suit, starched shirt and body, polished shoes, documents closed up in the drawer in the sky. He put his thoughts there as well, cast-off dreams, a chipped quarter of love which he had left from the neighbourhood cinema. His usual meal, leaves tea and ash, the uncertain abode and poverty propels him slowly, like a broken ship, to Săpânța Cemetery. Come on, shortly introduce yourself to the community: Here lies the saddest man with happy visitors.
(Translated by Alexandra Handrea / 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.