He'd made the reservation in a flash. Ever since laying eyes on the place, he knew that he'd make the big step There. The superb, mystery-filled villa drew him in. Five Floyd generations had written and performed their own scenarios - dramas, love stories, illusions. As of late, the heir uncle had rented the house to a famous agency. Helen steps down the stairs in perfect symbiosis with the green, flowy dress. So do the questions eyes of Lord Floyd in the picture above the fireplace. Behind those eyes, a small spy-camera records time.

(Translated by Carla Bețianu / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year II / 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 April 2023, the group has 11,000 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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