50's is the new 30's, said Marceluș, taking a swig from a bottle of wine. No children, no friends, no enemies. He had maneuverer the doorbell only to think that someone was looking for him, to move to the door, to look through the peep hole sheepishly, and then to curse the child, I will catch you. He took out his notebook and sketched his plan for the next 30 years. So, at 80 I'll be 50, I'll get married, I'll change my doorbell, catch the little one and win the Lottery. What a wonderful life I will have.

(Translated by Florina Șamata / 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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