I've desperately looked for it for three days. It's as if it had gone to ground. I had my best traumas there, a hardcover collection of regrets and some bags of disappointments and buried frustrations hard to find these days. But the pièce de resistance was the fear box, my most cherished treasure. I couldn't move in with my new boyfriend like this, as if I were poor. What was I going to contribute to this relationship with? What would our future kids inherit from me? With these two fears in a bag from Mega - I walked towards my new life.

(Translated by Mihaela Guţu / 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 March 2021, the group has 4.300 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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