Bro, can you explain to me, how does this even work, after you work months on end to hang up the key on the panel next to the other two-hundred-seventy-four, after you file it down on all sides and oil it up with perfume so that it would fit perfectly, after, finally, you make her lift up on her toe tips so that she would look you in the eye so you could ask her with a voice choked by emotion to move in with her, you will, the next day, not sooner or later after you do this, complain about how the lock is worn out.

(Translated by Constantin Istrate / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year II / Corrected by prof. Daria Protopopescu / 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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