You have the weird couple. But how do you, a cad, allow yourself to say such a thing about me and my love? What if he's 75 and I'm almost 30, I love him for his soul. It's true love, literally. Did you believe these tramps who say I'm with him for an interest? If you want to know, this car is bought from my salary as a secretary at the Ministry of Finance. And I got there only by my own strength; Honey had nothing to do with it. Miss, I was just saying the couple in the car it's broken.

(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 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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