He tells me he loves me. I tell him I love him more. We start chasing each other around the house like two mad men. I smack his head with a pillow, he throws a house slipper at me, I splash him with water, he trips me. Exhausted, we threw ourselves on the bed and we wholly loved each other. Then I fell asleep curled up in his arms, but not before I told him that I loved him dearly. Of course, he told me he loved me endlessly. I gave up with no strength left to contest. Tomorrow is another day and I shall love him again, maybe even a little bit more.

(Translated by Ioana Diana Sandu / 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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