Well, my wife, what kind of relationship are we in? Strong. No, fine. Any other way? A relationship of love. No, it's not fine. Differently. How come's not fine, husband? Are you sick? Or did you drink brandy? Answer, you have to tell the formula. Tell the relationship. Old. It's not good. Honest. No no. Think, woman. The couple. Ioiii, I kiss you. But how? Amu, after so much bitter, I'd say weird. That's right, woman, that's right. It's hard to get people to talk to you. You would be good as a spy. That's it. I have the text ready, Mr. Persic.

(Translated by Medeea Alexandra Stan / 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 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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