Do you love me more than you loved your ex-wife? You put me in a difficult situation. I'll be honest. When Ilinca left among the stars, she took half of my heart with her. It can also be seen on ultrasound, although many relatives don't believe me. I know that my answer will hurt you and that you will think that the math teacher is talking to you now, but I love you as much as I have left. I'm sorry I'm not whole anymore. Forgive me. I can't accept so little. Suddenly, silence became a common organ.

(Translated by Diana Stănescu / 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 February 2022, the group has 7,950 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.

0 comentarii