At 15, I was stealing my brother's poems and giving them to her on a CD.
At 17, I was breaking up with her through a text.
At 20, I was cheating on her with another.
At 24, I ignored her for a whole year.
At 29, I left her alone for her birthday.
At 31, she dumped me. But I convinced her to come back.
At 33, I told her that nothing happened.
At 35, I was telling her that I love her just because I knew that was what she wanted to hear.
I am trash.

(Translated by Nina Iulia Tufă / 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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