I was looking at the wall, as I do when I take the breakfast by myself, and I hear a noise. From the wall? Behind me? What noise? Just like that, a noise. How come? A lot. A lot of noise? Yeah, whatever, a lot of noise. Pic-pic, poc-poc. Ok, and? Well, that's it. What do you mean that's it, what did you do? Well what did I do? I kept on eating the biscuit. And? Did the noise start again? Again? The same way, pic-pic, a lot of poc-poc. Goddammit. The devilish thing was just getting started, and I felt a finger tap on my shoulder, from behind me. And what did you do? Well, what could I do, I finished eating my biscuit.

(Translated by Ana Spînu / 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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