She is not answering. I called once every 5 minutes for an hour, then got into a taxi. While on the way, I thought about all the possibilities. I started with lighter ones like maybe she only forgot her phone at home. Then I thought about the worst situation and decided to make a plan. The door was locked only on the upper side. A good sign. I go in. Oh my, you scared me she says. You called? I didn't hear anything. I've been whisking this mayonnaise for an hour. What, you thought I was dead? How could I die when I haven't finished the boeuf salad, huh?

(Translated by Diana Pașcanu / 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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