Pay attention. I'm giving you three years to decide whether you stay with me or not. What am I going to do? That's up to you. You can skip around, or settle down, you can leave, or come undone. After these three years are through, if you are to return to me, you'll give me a son and a daughter and your devotion will be unbroken. You're mad. I won't be the same after all this time. I know. How self-confident can you be and more importantly, how dare you? He took her hand and kissed it slowly. Ask yourself why I told you all these. She froze. But what are you going to do all this time? Nothing much at all.

(Translated by Ioana Diana Sandu / 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 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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