One Saturday, Auntie Veta was waiting for the elevator. When the doors opened, Vasile, the neighbour on two, jumped out. Aunt Veta, use the stairs. There's a vampire inside, he attacked me really bad. From that day on, out of fear, everyone went upstairs using the stairs. Until one day Gicu, the block's brave, grabbed a fistful of garlic and went to face the vampire. He caught Vasile in the elevator with his pants down. And Angelica next to him on her knees. He stormed out of the building, taking all the garlic with him. Angelica was his wife.

(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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