The gentleman arrived around 5, left his shoes at the door and his briefcase on the desk, then went into the bathroom. I put the food on the table, the wine in the glass and left. I came back around 6 because I forgot my house keys and found him as you can see, aged 10 years, dressed as a medieval knight and with this big spear by his side. Is he dead? He's not dead, he's just in a deep coma. Or rather in a trance. He must have found a gap in space and entered a time loop there. He will return.

(Translated by Andreea-Alexandra Șerbănescu / 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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