The hallway's walls are full of doodles, from one end to the other, it's like the Sistine Chapel made by a drunk Da Vinci. How the hell did the flour get in the living room and the TV under the carpet? The window is cracked, sorry, was cracked, now it's broken. Was it a ball or a hammer that did it? Well, it's good we've managed to enjoy the sofa for a week, now look at the chocolates mears on the lime-green fabric. Beautiful. The parrot sits scared in the corner like it's a stuffed animal. Alex, Toma, I was gone for a bit and that's how you're welcoming me back? Come on, go to your rooms. You're grounded until the end of the world.

(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.

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