I want to know everything. When he's thirsty, when he's hungry; if he forgets to kiss me, why does he?; if he skips the foreplay, why is he rushing?; if he's silent, what's he thinking about?; if he leaves the house too often, I need to know where he's headed; so I look for clues in pockets, phones, surveys. But from now on, I quit pretending to be a detective. I'll just be a loving wife. It's seven o'clock. He's not home yet. When he arrives, I won't ask him anything. Just a hug. The door opens. Gigel, where on earth have you been?

(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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