Tango steps for two, under the eaves drenched by the torrid summer rains. Checked.No Morning Glory missed, when time allows.Checked. Cooked often, you, cooked, arranged, for going out on the weekends, me. Checked. Parents, parents in-laws, friends and relatives always kept away, removed from mothballs just enough not to be eaten by moths. Checked. Much loved, especially on mundane Thursdays. Checked. Okay, we have the list. Geta honey, the slippers? Yes, you give it to me if we break up. We're putting those on the list too. Now let's go toMarital Status.

(Translated by Beatrice Porumb / 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 August 2022, the group has 9,000 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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