An avid reader, Ottilia often went to antique shops. A rebellious creature, she accessorized long silk dresses with gipsy earrings and bracelets that rattled with every step. After about an hour, she came out briskly with his arms full of books. Her husband, the city coroner, allowed her passion, especially since he preferred corpses. He imagined her lying dead on the dissection table and the young antiquarian lying in pieces in the refrigerator. A recent fantasy from the day he'd gone in to look for a book, and Otillia's bracelets jingled jerkily from behind the shelves.

(Translated by Andreea Denisa Dinu / 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 September 2022, the group has 9,250 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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