Tell me why you're upset. What do you mean I know what I've done. I really have no idea. Yes, I love you truly, but I can't read your mind. Shall I let it go? Well. No, that's not good, right? Well, decide. Did I forget something? Any anniversary? No, not that. I was perhaps insensitive. Aha, I'm getting close. Something or someone? Somebody. Another woman? With whom I talked. And then danced. I don't know who you're talking about. When? And then I slept with her? Who told you that? Ah, you dreamed that I was cheating on you. I understand. Forgive me, baby.

(Translated by Iuliana Boruga Danciu / 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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