I made them all disappear. Parents, grandparents, siblings, they're all gone. I don't even remember what they looked like. And the loves. The first one, I don't remember her name, loved me like no one before. She hated me all the same. Those that followed, too. Now, in this wasteland, I only have you. From the very first moment I loved you like I've never loved before. I don't want to lose you too. But my head became like an empty box. I have Alzheimer's and, one day, I'll forget you too.

(Translated by Ioana Grigoruţă / 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 March 2021, the group has 4.500 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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