Please, girl, hear me out this once. Wait. Don't leave. If I don't protect your interests, who will? Those friends of yours who are nothing more but a bunch of losers? Leave him. He's not for you. You should know your worth- you're young, beautiful, you can rely on us for financial support. You're so into this rascal that you don't even know who you are. Say no more, mother. I'm going to marry him anyway. Wait. Don't leave. My heart won't take it. If you go with him, you will never set foot in here. Is that clear? You're no longer my child.

(Translated by Elena Florea / 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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