He had an accident. A flowerpot fell on/hit his head. As a consequence, every day, he forgets almost everything that had happened to him. He would madly fall in love with his wife every day. He always felt as if it were the first day after the marriage. He was happy. His wife wanted to divorce, overwhelmed by so much love. But there was no way out, he worshipped her every day, even though in the evenings she would tell him to cool off a bit, the next day was a new, everlasting beginning. She tried to cheat on him. She realised that she didn't want to. One day a flowerpot fell on her head too.

(Translated by Diana Stănescu / 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 every few days. 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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