Cook every day. Clothes ironed flawlessly. Make love to him every night. That's about everything my husband imposed me. Gotten pretty tired after 15 years. Last night I packed my bags and went to mom. There we had other rules, like housecleaning every Saturday, going to sleep as the sun sets, church every Sunday. Now I'm looking for a man who eats out, wears rumpled clothes and makes love to me every night. There's that, I can't get rid of all my habits.

(Translated by Elena-Diana Cocîr / 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 November 2021, the group has 7.500 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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