Hello! My name is Ina and my boyfriend, Marian, and I are looking for a three room apartment, in the central area. It needs to have two bathrooms, because we prefer them separate, a double bed for me, a couch in the living room for him, for the same reason, and a jacuzzi in the bathroom is necessary. You know, I have sinusitis and I like it steamy. Madam, this is a funeral home and it's 2 in the morning. Oh, well, on your sign it said At the 3rd floor it is written real estate. This is the third floor, isn't it? Well, I must have it mixed up. But will you help me? You know, Marian is 78 years old and I decided on the spot that I want to be single again.

(Translated by Daniela-Andreea Gugescu / 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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