I'm jumping over the fence now. Carefully so I won't rip my pants in any nails and break the Dutch courage in my pocket. I'm not worried about the dog, we know each other. I go around the wood I didn't get to cut, I relive myself on her small flower bush and get close to the window. I take a shot and look. She has that happy smile on her face, the one I hope to forget, and looks up at him. I take a shot. He's wearing my pyjamas and looks down at her, content. I swear. They both turn their happy looks in my direction. Running, I grab his pyjamas from the drying wire.

(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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