someone, and she froze in front of the door, cookie platter in her arms. She had come to welcome the new neighbour, but such an unseen indecent proposal left her speechless. The truth was that the neighbour didn't look bad at all, and neither did she. She knew that, but she was still surprised. How could I tell him that I'm not one of those who sleeps with the first man who asks? The door opened and he appeared in the doorway. From behind him came the same command in a harsh tone: Undress. Beet-red, he said: It's Coco, my parrot.
(Translated by Andreea Ciubuc / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year II / Corrected by conf. dr. Daria Protopopescu / 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 December 2022, the group has 9,880 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.