What floor are you going up to, ma'am? Aren't you flying, sir? Fly where? Up the wall, up the brick wall, up the roof, damn it all to hell, isn't it how you move around? Like bats and werewolves and all those bugs? Lady, you watch too much TV, we're civilized too. And aren't you biting, no more sucking? Yes, but not blood. They say life's too short to drink bad or cheap wine. And there are many people who are like that. It's whom. Whom I drank; listen here lady, turn the elevator around, I forgot something in the basement.

(Translated by Anca Maria Florea / 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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