It was raining softly. As soon as she felt him asleep, she carefully got out of bed, checking his eyelids. She covered her body with a long silk robe and stepped out on her fingertips like a ballerina. She slipped into the sober study and sat down in his chair. What a boring evening, she thought to herself. She poured whisky into her crystal glass, savouring the moment with her legs crossed on the cool wood. It was time. She took a book off the shelf and the secret door opened into a small room. I've been waiting for you, Silvi, he whispered to her.

(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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