It was extraordinary, huge and beyond compare, she admitted. The problem arose now that she was trying to leave. She fixed the flashlight to her head and with the list in one hand, the map in the other and a pencil held between her teeth, she proceeded into the next room. Which bedroom was this, the sixth? She threw open the baroque wardrobe's doors and disappeared among boxes. Eureka, came the victorious cry. She emerged dragging a satin bag behind her. Glorious, she extracted a pair of blue panties with little hearts on them. Alright, she mumbled, putting them on. What was next on the list? Socks.
(Translated by Cristina Fliter / 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 October 2021, the group has 7.275 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.