Divorce rates are rising. The first anti-divorce version, after a rough start, did not produce the desired result. Now they tried a completely different approach. The software was easy to install, child's play. They didn't feel a thing after they installed it. At night, he got himself a beer. Aha, here comes the bickering. Her sharp tongue suddenly coiled back and let out some nice words. Suddenly he found himself, forgetting his favourite curse words one by one. So that was it. The software worked. When he opened his second beer, his throat got stuck. Goodness me.

(Translated by Jin Cristian Yang / 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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