George found on the dark web exactly what he wanted. For a considerable fee, he got the link and password to a webcam that streamed live images from the neighbours' house across the road. In real life, they barely looked at each other and despised each other. For ten days, since he had been given access to the camera, George had been watching footage from the neighbours' kitchen during every break from his home job. Buried beneath mountains of dirty dishes and empty food wrappers, it was a dream for anyone with a hidden garbage fetish.

(Translated by Angelica Ioana Curcan / 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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