Rozi narrowed her eyes to focus and managed to read what was written on the door: ioi. She looked to the left, she looked to the right, checked the message from Ghiu: that was it. Her worries coldly clenched her neck, time was short, she put her hand on the doorknob, went in, put the bag of money in front of the lady and ran away. Outside she calls Ghiu: I left them in the room ioi. Ioi, there must be a lot of money. What ioi, woman, you threw away the money. The first room on the first floor, on the left, from the stairs, Ghiu, as you said. Ioooi, Ghiu then realized, 101.

(Translated by Alina-Mihaela Burciu / 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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