My dear one. After sixteen years of shortages and quarrels, I break up with you. I have enough of the rudeness with which you look straight into my eyes when I enter the house, tired, after work. I have enough of the poor dinner made of pasta and sauce from a jar, I can't do this anymore. I am fed to the teeth of the breakfast served at the gas-station across the office, I can't do this anymore. In the evening you complain about the pain in your knees and you say this is the reason you're in no mood for love. Those weekends when you laugh together with the neighbors as if we were good. Let's admit at least. And the love fades away.

(Translated by Diana-Maria Croitoru / 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 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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