Lovers in the morning. It was about six-thirty. We were still waking up and I don't think we knew what we were doing. We drank coffee around 12 o'clock after a couple of joyful hours. That's when we began to suspect it would be a long day. And I tried, I can't deny. Children of hope, ideology, and love appeared. They were all ill-mannered. Towards evening other relatives arrived: jealousy, pride, this kind. After midnight I was still trying, but there was no drink left. And when the next morning came, you had already left. The documents were not signed, but the sharing still cost.

(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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