It's cold here. It's raining and the leaves have started the rust fashion. My hubby called me at lunch and told me the words I've been waiting for years. I froze, what had happened to him? I was in the mood to say no but I love and I want to marry you were so hot that I melted. I told him we'll talk when I get back from the mission but I couldn't wait anymore and in the evening I flew to Bucharest wanting to kiss him and say yes. I found him naked, in my cousin's arms, the one who said that he's goofy and ugly.

(Translated by Alexandra Lica / 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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