Hi? Is that all you can say? Do you know I'm still paying off the mortgage on my soul? Do you know what I found yesterday in the closet? Do you know what I see outside the window every day? Do you know what I don't see? Do you know I drink at night so I can fall asleep? Do you know that today I hid in the bathroom so I could cry? Do you have any idea what people eat that makes it stink so bad afterwards? Do you still remember the dried rose? What about our song? Are you even listening to what I'm saying? Couldn't you just tell me you wanted to us break up? You really had to get cancer? And die? Really? Is that all you can say? Hello?

(Translated by Ana Stănilă / 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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