Juliette has a gun in the kitchen cupboard. The top drawer holds knives of various sizes. Behind the door is an axe, medium size. The grubbing hoe, the pickaxe and the pitchfork are in the shed. The railway line passes beyond the house. Beyond the line is a street. The city ends beyond the street. The city sits on the edge of the sea. I'll go beyond the sea when I grow up, sings the Little Girl and enters the dollhouse. Juliette keeps her hand on the trigger, still singing with her eyes on the door. Soon Father will come to say good night.

(Translated by Elena Patricia Măroiu / 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 February 2023, the group has 10,500 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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