He? Quite the ladies' man. He did permutations with many until now and if you are to do the math I think that's from 1 to at least 50. Yes, each relationship, an integral. Not to say that he ended up in some love triangles. Anyway, then he passed by some proper pasting like a tangent, but he recovered quickly and he began to be passionate about equations with multiple unknown variables. The answer was sometimes 0, but he didn't gave up. And that's how he met her. What should I say? She was parallel with everything, but she loved him to the infinite.

(Translated by Camelia Băluţă / 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 May 2021, the group has 6.400 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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