Hi, Liv, why don't you open the door, honey? I've been knocking for 5 minutes and you don't open it for me. Didn't you wake up? Yes, I'm awake. I'm really awake today. But where are you? Can't you hear Daddy? I'm at your door, looking forward to it. Open up, open up, the whole hotel heard me. I'm opening right now, but no one knocked on my door. Are you sure you got it right? Or are you upstairs again? What's on the door? Daddy, god, what it's supposed to say? Come on, Irina, tell me what it says and stop acting surprised. I wasn't acting surprised darling. I was reading what was written on the door.

(Translated by Andreea-Alexandra Șerbănescu / 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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