I don't know if it's indeed big, or just looks big, being only partially furnished. Besides, there's also that wall-length mirror which makes it look even bigger. Way too big. So big it makes me feel small. Way too small. So small I could get lost among the cockroaches which were scurrying around the piece of bread on the coffee table. Good idea. I'm making myself a coffee. A small cup of coffee. Way too small. So small I lay down on the mattress and take a nap. A small nap. Way too small. The smallest nap in the world.

(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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