How it is that I fell in love? Like a fool and because of his eyes. We were living in the same apartment building, he on the first floor, me on the fourth (I hope he won't read this text) and, I don't know how our paths crossed three days in a row. On the third day the way was blocked by a pillar, I go left, I run into him, I turn right, same thing, we stop and we burst into laughter. I know you from somewhere, I say. He says we're neighbours. Do you want to get some coffee? And we did. Sometimes at my place, other times at his. Five years later I was packing my things. He had just drink coffee with another.

(Translated by Jessica-Polixenia-Cristiana Copilaș / 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 July 2022, the group has 8,750 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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