An elegant bedroom, pieces of furniture made of solid wood, a Persian rug brought from India, floral curtains matching the pillows. An ideal setting to film a Hollywood movie. However, I married a hypochondriac, just as handsome as DiCaprio. In my movie I see a mountain of used napkins, empty vials of citrus flavoured suspensions, about six cups of tea, a regular thermometer and an electric one and a face twisted in pain by a mere bee sting. Honey, I'm dying. Baby, you're not on the Titanic.

(Translated by Mihaela Dumitrescu / 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 every few days. 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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