She entered the empty house, sighing, and went straight for the bedroom, throwing herself on the bed. For a couple of minutes, she remained still. At some point, she suddenly rose, went to the bathroom, opened one of the drawers and got a bottle of pills. She swallowed them all. The first couple of minutes, there was only a faint drowsiness of the senses. She sat down on the bed and read a few lines from a book. She started crying, then, her mouth went dry. There was no need for water. She only hoped to see what was on the other side. But you could see nothing coming from there.

(Translated by Adelina-Maria Mănăilescu / 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 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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