I was in Gicu's apartment where everything was upside down. Those who entered here were fiercely looking for something. I don't know what but it wasn't too big. The proof was the toothpaste squeezed from the tube. The closet doors were wide open and the clothes were thrown on the floor. The drawers were taken out and thrown on the floor. Only one object remained standing: the trash bin. I rummaged in it and found a dirty envelope with two pictures. I bet that's what the individuals were looking for.
(Translated by Otilia Mocanu / 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.