An ordinary Friday, after the job at the corporation. I got to the club. It was all crowded. Man, I want a shot as soon as possible. Then everything became a little wider. One more shot, and one more. In the bathroom, I met her, Manuela. She was just wow. We went straight to her place. Madness. The next day I filed for civil status. I worked 12 days as a corporate slave. And after another day came the great day. I said I do. Shock and horror on the wedding night. Manuela was him. The next day I got divorced. Character mismatch.

(Translated by Alexandra Gruia / 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 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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