On that fateful day, she awoke early and got to making breakfast. She buttered the bread, boiled up the milk, and spread two types of jam on the tray. Then she brought them to the children's room, watched them sleep, and kissed their foreheads. After she sealed the bedroom door with adhesive tape, covering even the tiniest slit, she opened the stove door and looked inside with yearning. Once, she would've also turned on the gas, but it was too expensive now. Not even the door inside the glass bell would lead anywhere.

(Translated by Constantin Istrate / 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 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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