Baby, it is the first year on your birthday when I visit you at the cemetery. Look, I'll pour some wine for you too. Cheers, my love. On the third you were born and on the third you died too. What does this mean? I look at these numbers on your cross and every time I deduct the year of your death from the one of your birth my heart aches. 38, this will forever be the outcome. I think your House of Destiny was in lockdown. Laugh with me, I'll feel it. You know, when we met I didn't think I would live my whole life with Doru (note: Romanian name that translate as Longing).

(Translated by Daniela-Andreea Gugescu / 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 July 2021, the group has 6.800 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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