I parked in front of your gate. I was told that the first 500 years are free. Too little. What are 500 years? A few nights of love, a few quarrels and reconciliations, a hard drive with photos and a few glasses of wine forgotten on the terrace. Too little. I want millions of kisses and billions of "good night, honey." What should I do with 500 years? I want them all. All your years and mine, from the creation of the world to its end. And then we'll start again. I don't know how to count to 500, I know how to count to infinity.

(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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