The dose was much too high in a very short time. She wasn't even used to this substance. She had never tried it, though she had many failed attempts. She gave up looking for it at the age of 28, consoling herself with the idea that the side effects would have destroyed her. But at the age of 30, she received her first dose of this substance called love, when she became a mother for the first time, and a small hand caught her finger, whimpering slowly. Then she understood the side effect of love: that it gives addiction.

(Translated by Medeea Alexandra Stan / 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 August 2021, the group has 7.000 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 Ficțiuni Reale.

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