He told me he wanted that Abduction rug to disappear from the house because it's really tacky. In vain I tried to explain to him that I liked it and that, just as I could tolerate his fishing rods thrown all over the house, he could leave my rug in its place by the couch. Because we couldn't reach an agreement at all, one day I gave it to a beggar. He sold it to a lady to make money. The woman gave it as a present to her son, whom she adores. Now I have the Abduction above my bed, because it's a gift from his mom.

(Translated by Claudia Alexandra Văcărescu / 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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