Beautiful as an angel, the little girl invites the postman into the antechamber. Wait here. It's my mother's birthday. I'll bring you her identity card and a slice of cake right away. But his curiosity was unbridled, so he leaned under the door of the closed room and saw the child's feet and a table where candles were burning on a cake. A few whispers, all in the same tone, and then the sound of steps coming back. Because of the sciatica he could only look up through the crack in the door and see a mummified woman. The police only let her stay with her mother for one more hour.

(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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