I delete. I rewrite. I add a word. I search for a synonym. I delete again. I rewrite. I add diacritics. I delete them. I put an exclamation mark. I delete it. Better a period. Or a coma? I delete. I rewrite. I add a paragraph. Is it too much? Should I put a question mark here or ellipsis? I delete. I rewrite. I should still put this part of the story here. I'd say it's important. But maybe not. I delete. I rewrite. Should I remind him about then? I delete. I rewrite the letter. Endlessly. For ten years. Forever. His letter, to him. Farewell.

(Translated by Ioana Negrea / 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 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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