You smugface now I'm sorry that I gave you my seat in the tram I thought it was the beginnin' of a beautiful reelationship in my heart I felt we we're perfect for each other you with your dimples me with my good birth in Roma, Botoșani and so what if you're a student and I've got a wellpaying career with glovo I left you 23 Love letters under your door but you stomped on my felings this is the 24th and last if you want to follow my evolushion find me on RealFiction. so long Jan Paddle.

(Translated by Constantin Istrate / 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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