She wrote romance novels for housewives. A girl loved a tattooed biker who only had casual sex to offer. A girl loved a mafia capo di tutti capi. A girl loved an alcoholic thug and loser. Each time, she brought him to the right path and to the altar. However, the writer's husband had always been a kind and tender nerd. What no one knows: she once loved two boys at the same time. With a split heart, she chose with her head. Since then, she writes the other in every novel.

(Translated by Oana-Roxana Dicilea / 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 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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