I don't know the exact day it started. I didn't notice it until after our first serious fight. That's when I saw a brick I almost tripped over. I thought I imagined it and that it happens at some point in every marriage. Then I'd fall asleep before you and you'd come into the bedroom late. Ever so slowly we'd run out of things to say to each other and in time you'd even manage to annoy me without doing anything. When I opened my eyes wide, it was already too late, I couldn't see you beyond the sky-high fence.

(Translated by Andreea Grințescu / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year I / 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 December 2021, the group has 7.750 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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