I made it. I close the door behind me and lock it. I hear the pursuers rummaging through the house and calling my name. I'm checking the door. It's closed. Good. Does my phone have signal? Not really. The important thing is that I'm safe here. For now. Not for long. I can hear voices closer and closer. And then knocks at the door. I keep my eyes on the door. I don't say a word. I can barely breathe. Someone tries the doorknob but the door holds on. They found me. They know I'm here, inside. I hear them shouting at the door. Are you going to stay on the toilet for any longer?
(Translated by Paula-Silvia Codescu / 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.