He was determined to get justice. The General Manager, on the 18th floor, the woman had told him, so he pressed the last button firmly. He mentally rehearsed the words he wanted to throw at her, but they washed away like waves in the sea. The ascent seemed eternal and his clothes seemed to weigh him down more and more, as if his body had become smaller. On the top floor, the elevator door was ten times the size of the ground floor. So were the offices and the people. No, the people were getting bigger. He wanted to open his mouth but stumbled on the tip of a shoe.

(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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