Enjoy that the crickets tickled your palm, that you slept in the grass along with the stars, that you laughed so much that your belly hurt, that you cried like a child, that you blew on dandelions, that you cut your hair unevenly, that you fell on the ice, that you danced for thousands of times again and again, that you held someone tight, that you pulled cats' whiskers, that the dog bit you, that you cried in the name of love and longing, that you said an infinite times I love you and never I hate you. But for God's sake, pay the garbage fee. I am warning you. Yours truthfully, the Landlord.

(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 September 2021, the group has 7.150 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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