The old woman calmed down. The envelope had arrived. She took it and placed it next to the others, unopened. Why did this girl want to leave the country? Why did she marry a stranger? From the other side of the world, the girl had written to her: Dear mother, we are fine. The twins are 9 years old. The picture is from their birthday. Marc became the area manager, and we finally managed to pay off the home loan. I've been engaged for a while. I really miss you and I would like you to meet your grandchildren. Why are you still mad? Understand that I'm fine and I'm happy.

(Translated by Elena Crețu / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year II / 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 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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