We sat down at the table, me facing the door, he facing me. The waiter brings us the menu, we browse, when I look up, I see a girl come in with a mail bag and she's heading towards us. A deaf-mute, I think, comes with mutts like I have Marcel Testosul. When there, she extends her hand and introduces heeself: Geta. Oana, I say, nice to meet you. She extends her hand to him, introduces herself, yes, when I look at him, girl, I see that he is as white as lime in the face. I said he was dying. Was Geta his sister? No girl, Geta was his wife.

(Translated by Beatrice Porumb / 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 August 2022, the group has 9,000 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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