My dear, close your eyes and just imagine. He closed his eyes and listened. I took the knives out of the dishwasher and put them in the top drawer. I aired, layed out the bed sheets, took out the trash, fed the cat, watered the flowers. I vacuumed the room, opened the laptop, and found the messages. He says you like him to run his finger down your spine. He was startled. I closed the windows, turned on the gas, now you can open your eyes, I told him. He opened it and his blood froze in his veins.

(Translated by Oana Georgiana Minea / 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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