You come in, you take off your coat, hang it, leave your gloves on the round table. You step forward where the chandelier seems slightly different. The duck liver is well-ccoked and the wine is old. When you want to smoke, you can wander around the library, then you can go towards the bedroom. And, on a Thursday, you enter, you take off your coat and hang it, you leave your gloves on the round table and you see me. I'm smiling and I'm telling you how you had a wonderful life without trying to scare you. I hope you understand. Then, I open your last door. That's what I'm doing for a living.

(Translated by Liliana Popescu / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year I / 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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