I was reading to him on the phone. Every day, at four in the afternoon, he'd call me. That's all I could do back then, that's all I could think of. Only after a few months did I ask him if he wanted to meet, and from the low, almost whispering tone of the sound of his voice I understood how much he wanted to. What if we wouldn't get along? I know how to get you. Your usual voice is pale pink, almost white. When you don't like something, it turns blue. If I stop at light blue, I'm sure we'll get along perfectly.

(Translated by Alina-Dorina Nicolae / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year I / Corrected by prof. dr. Nadina Vișan / Edited 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 November 2022, the group has 9,580 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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