The hoarse sound of the doorbell woke him up. Groggy, the old man struggled to get up. He looked through the peephole. He caught a glimpse of a hood and a scythe. He smiled and opened the door wide. The uninvited guest came in, panting heavily and said. Get your lift fixed, I need some air. The old man led him to the balcony. Suddenly, an idea popped into his head. He forcefully pushed the guest over the railing. Then, satisfied, he looked down. He leaned over, and, overcome by a sudden dizziness, he fell. One floor below, grinning, someone was adjusting his hood.

(Translated by Raluca Ioana Crucerescu / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year I / Corrected by prof. dr. Nadina Vișan / Edited 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 November 2022, the group has 9,580 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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