For like fifteen years you've been making my coffee and shopping at the market every day, you never forget to buy me freesias for my birthday, you cook for me, you love me, you fix my things around the house, we have everything, money, holidays, we've only ever fought over trifles, all our friends around us are getting divorced, our neighbour Veta has an affair, Petre is out in the world, only we are perfect. I'm tired of this life where nothing happens to us. Okay, you want imperfection? the man asks resolutely. Well, then, find out that I'm Veta's lover.

(Translated by Lorina Xiaoyu Hou / 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 January 2022, the group has 7.830 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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