Oh my God, what a doorknob. I wanted to pick the lock right away, but it caught my key like in a vise before I even put it in the lock. Although I greased it with vaseline, the teeth looked rusty. I thought my manual lock-smithing classes restored my metallic luster, but I was fusible , thermal expansion occurred prematurely due to mechanical resistance to resilience or weldability, so the key eroded little by little, softened and broke. I thought it was steel, but it's a poor brass key, he told me.

(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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