We walk past each other as if the other were a ghost. We haven't said a word to each other in four months. Everyone knows what to do, when something is important, we write it on a note and we post it on the fridge, pinned with an Eiffel Tower magnet. When we moved in together, that was where we confessed our love. You're the coolest husband. I miss your skin. I love you too much. Today, on the note there is toilet paper, dishwashing and many exclamation marks. Loneliness in two is the worst.

(Translated by Alexandra Gruia / 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 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 every few days. 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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