I had hoped, like a fool, that you'd marry me. For five years I have been crazy in love with you. Please never look for me again. Game over. After the last fullstop, I ran to his apartment and threw the letter into his mailbox. In the late evening, he turned up at my door holding a bouquet of flowers. I happily jumped into his arms, begging him to never leave me again. I asked him to destroy the letter. What letter? he asked. It seems that I've put the letter in the wrong mailbox. His neighbours are divorcing right now.

(Translated by Ioana Grigoruță / 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 October 2021, the group has 7.275 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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