I took it systematically, engineeringly, in alphabetical order. I started with A. A from amity, that it is good at the beginning of a heterosexual relationship. Then I went up a step, towards point G. Good will should not be missing in a couple. And neither the naughtiness. The M came naturally, with marriage and around the same time with L. L from love. As for point E, I found it in the empathy I felt for the loved one. Unfortunately, for many years, I have been stuck at point P. P for pussy.

(Translated by Andreea Denisa Dinu / 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 September 2022, the group has 9,250 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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