She gets up all dishevelled after a night of intense love-making. He's still in bed. I'm Ana Manole, she'd mumbled when they first met the night before. He'd walked back home, to her tiny house with a minimalist bedroom and a basement. She stood there for a few moments, listening to the sound of a healthy young man's snoring. She smiled. Then she grabbed her pink trowel she'd gotten as a gift when she'd joined The Order of Ana's Avengers and she began raising the wall that separated the tiny bedroom from the rest of the house, mumbling softly - up to the lips, up to the eyes. 

(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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