I wrote you a letter for every year we haven't been together. A summary of all the joys and pain we haven't lived together. Everything I would have preferred to upset us/to rock our world together, to use us up heavily and unequally, in the rhythm of the rounded, blue ink-scented letters. I have never sent them for fear of a delay response and because I was worried that he could have forgotten me. Do you remember my beautiful handwriting? I'm at the post office. Thirteen stamps, please. Return the letters downstairs, on Hope Street.

(Translated by Iulia-Teodora Urea / 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 April 2021, the group has 5.600 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, Răzvan Penescu, 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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