Finally the weekend. I throw my shoes, my folder and I melt on the couch. The silence is suddenly broken by a serious voice. Set. Spiderman, go. A giant spider passes in front of me hanging by an invisible thread. Hey, beautiful, now you step out onto the ledge seemingly frightened, I hear the voice again and a cockroach appears swiftly from a hole in the floorboards. I look to see where the voice is coming from, but I don't get a good look at the black roach sitting on the metal lighter and hear it scream. Cut, cut, cut, where the hell did this fool come from in the frame?

(Translated by Cristina Șuică / 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 November 2021, the group has 7.500 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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