At first, they used to see each other three times a week. They didn't even feel the day missing. On the third day, they used to go to the cafeteria. She will always remember the laced chairs and that chiffon cake, that she could never taste it again. They haven't had much contact since, then they stopped seeing each other. They told her he didn't care about her, and got her to hate him. After 15 years, she looked for him. She took the meeting weeping with fear that she won't recognize him. She jumped into his arms and that hug melted away everything. I love you, dad.

(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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