She's an architect, I do parkour on buildings, she cooks heavenly, I'm the gourmet of her life, she paints nudes, I walk around the house like Adam, she's the apple, I'm Eve, she's the slice of falling butter, I'm the floor, she's the lady, I'm the bum, she's the piece of spaghetti that joined their lips, I'm the ketchup on the spaghetti, she beats the saddle, I'm the skilled horse, she's the actress, I'm the only one in the room, she's the cobweb, I'm the corner of the room. Wait a minute, why did we want to break up?

(Translated by Lorina Xiaoyu Hou / 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 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 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.

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