On the way to the office, due to a black cat crossing the street, I took a right turn and entered the café, although I had my coffee at home already. When I got out of my car, a brick fell on my foot and made a new knee in my shin. A rookie paramedic dropped the gurney and hit my head on the piece of curb that the car had missed. The hospital bed smelled of something unearthly. A beautiful woman entered with a parrot in a cage. Wrong room, sorry. Can you stay? July 10th was the luckiest day of my life.

(Translated by Tania Diniță / 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 every few days. 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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