She loved Gigi very much. She would send him every day at work with clean overalls and pots with cooked food. He would return with a bottle of juice and a bag of sunflower seeds along which they enjoyed their minute but constant happiness. After he dumped her, all that she had left was his name tattooed inside a heart formed with roses. She had been searching for a lover for a long time. She found Cornel, a TV repairman. Since she is washing overalls again and Gigi has become Cornel Digi on her left arm, the happiness is minute again, but constant.

(Translated by Ecaterina Buşe / 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 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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