There are 100 euros in this envelope for you. Starting tomorrow, we won't be together anymore. I've moved into a castle - it was the first thing I did after the Apocalypse. Is this an inquiry? You're on the brink of kitsch. Have you sent for your folks too? Well, the shortest version of my biography reads: Ladies and gentlemen, a fortune teller read my palm and said it would be a strange start of autumn for me, that I would be living in the tree house. So I have updated me to my 2.0 version: a castle, not a tree. But it's all right. I've been married to you for 24 hrs. Mind you, this is my last letter.

(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 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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