It was to be expected, because it couldn't go on like that any longer. Patience had reached its limit. As time went on, almost everything had become forbidden. No alcohol. Complete abstinence. Smoking was no longer allowed either. Football games and other sports had been cut. Public meetings, parties were over. Pleasure was harmful. They had switched to a healthy lifestyle, so they say. With diets, salads, seeds, lots of exercise.Tyranny. Revolution was in the air. And then came the day when he couldn't take it any longer, so he told her: listen, bitch. I want a divorce.

(Translated by Bianca Ioana Prisecaru / 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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