A real man doesn't hide his emotions. I can't spend my life with a cold fish. I'm sorry, we're breaking up. The man suffered for a while, but then decided to change. He went to a therapist, took self-development classes, watched a lot of movies, listened to a lot of music. Now, everything moves him to tears; a flower, a bird, a kid playing with his ball. He felt prepared, so he returned to his lover. She didn't want him back; said she couldn't spend her life with a crybaby. Now he's looking for another therapist.

(Translated by Ana Stănilă / 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 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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