Dear Ileana, happy birthday. You added another flower to your life's bouquet. May all your wishes come true and may luck come knocking at your door every day. I wish you nothing but a life full of love and happiness. May you always be well and surrounded by your loved ones. Hope your day is wonderful, just like you. You are a special friend. Heart. Hugging smiley. Heart. Heart. Gift Emoji.
Damn it, I already hit send. I messed up the dates again. Today is the 33rd of January. Her birthday is tomorrow on the 34th of January.

(Translated by Jin Cristian Yang / 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 every few days. 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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