Safely arrived STOP I want to go back STOP Cables dropped wind STOP Received clean uniform and heavy boots STOP Running with them I felt sick STOP Cold STOP Hard bed STOP I wake up at half past four every day STOP fuck the army STOP Forgotten picture I'm a jerk send another one with perfume I want to smell you STOP I love you and I will love you all my life please don't leave and wait have patience don't go with another one because I'm killing myself and I'm killing you both I will marry you when I come back sweet little baby STOP

(Translated by Elena Creţu / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year I / 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 January 2021, the group has 3.000 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 almost daily. The group's coordinators are Florin Piersic Jr., Gabriel Molnar, and Luchian Abel. (Drawing by Adrian T. Roman)

*Versiunea în română a acestui text se poate citi aici, în rubrica Ficţiuni Reale.

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