It's 6 o'clock and I haven't got any bread. Not even a crumb. It reads suspended on the lift door. I walk down the stairs, I'm on the 9th floor but from the 10th floor Geta can see me. Neighbour, will you do me a favour and have a look at my sink? I go under the sink and see nothing. I twist around, and down from where I am I can see her real issue. Her guy is a driver and he's away. While I'm working on fixing her problem, I can hear the key turning in the door. I go out on the balcony and hang myself down so I can reach my apartment. I hear: they suspended my licence for 3 months. I get up at 6. I'm out of bread. I'll go without.

(Translated by Carla Bețianu / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year II / 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 January 2023, the group has 10,220 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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