Leave a message after the beep. A year without us. I miss you. I don't know why, but I want you back. Oh, well. I don't know what to say, but I would like to tell you I love you. Oh, well. You don't have to say anything. I just wish you would forgive me. Anyway. I don't have anything to forgive. I made mistakes too. Whatever. We are lonely in two, I don't want that anymore. Oh, well. If you don't want it anymore, you don't want it and that's that. Bye-bye. Whatever. Screw you. Don't search for me. Whatever. Goodbye. Do you hear me? So what if? Whatever. I can't go on like this. I beg you. I call you. Number unallocated.

(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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