There's a vampire in every elevator. That's what the children used to say after finding a few drops of blood on the floor. He only appeared at night, only if you were caught alone. In a few minutes you'd run out of blood. He pressed the button fearfully, looking in all directions. Suddenly the air seemed to freeze and he felt the hair on the back of his neck rising. He wanted to run, but it was like his feet were stuck in cement. When the doors opened, his face whitened. The vampire rushed out: calm down, I'm the vampire in the elevator on the third floor.

(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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