He had been watching her for some time, being the only one who had not given up. The others had fallen one by one, and who knows how many had been before him, but he didn't care. He saw her hanging through the opening of the attic. He took a deep breath, and when he heard the first sounds, the old man hurried out of the house: yo, Romeo, chill, the old woman's sleeping and if ya wake her up, ya're a dead man. Did ya see what happened to Grigore because he didn't stop? Straight to the pot. And ya, Juliet, come down from the attic. What the hell are yadoin' there, do ya wanna knock your last nail?

(Translated by Paula-Silvia Codescu / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year II / 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 February 2022, the group has 7,950 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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