I parted with her when I started earning my own living. As soon as I started working, worries arose. I developed all sorts of existential obsessions. Then I got married and I started getting worried about my wife as well. From a few hip movements, I also multiplied my worries with two children. They grew up quickly and they offered me other worries, smaller in stature. I grew old and, in order to make room for my descendants, other people started taking care of me, just like in the beginning. Here I saw my old friend again, childhood.

(Translated by Claudia Alexandra Văcărescu / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year II / 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 March 2022, the group has 8,050 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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