These days I've been wondering if we need this house. He will be moving in with me soon and last night I told him that I had already emptied one shelf for him. Was that enough? It depends on whether you want me to live on that shelf too, or is it just for clothes? he asked. Oh, God, no, you are going to live inside a box I told him. I took my shoes out of it, dusted it off, so you wouldn't say I'm nasty. Honey, I would have been happy even with a matchbox, you're too generous. We have our own beautiful world inside a small house.

(Translated by Valentina Mihai / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year I / Corrected 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 March 2023, the group has 10,790 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, Luchian Abel, and Vlad Mușat. (Drawing by Adrian T. Roman)

Versiunea în română a acestui text se poate citi aici, în rubrica Ficțiuni Reale.

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