Two people enter the flower shop. She, with a ladylike air: if you don't buy me flowers, I'll buy you a wreath. How much? he asks me. 50, I say, including the writing. And the flowers? Well, it's the same. He's a bit indecisive. He goes to take out his wallet, then changes his mind again. It's a bit much, he thinks, and maybe she's joking. Maybe she's just moody, because it's happened before. Look darling, I'm not getting you flowers, you get me a wreath. Seeing that the woman is silent, I prepare the writing tool. Shall I write Rest in Peace on both sides?

(Translated by Lenuța Bejenaru / 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 January 2022, the group has 7.830 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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