What do you mean you stopped going to the gym? Look, I'm not going anymore. But why not? You used to love it. No, not a bit. And by the way, I don't like that you nailed down our schedule. I feel like that's what I've been doing with my appetite for love. We always do it your way. We obsess over what we eat, and count calories, but never stars. Yeah, I know, that's a lost cause. But so are we. Wow, where did all this come from? And where are you going? I don't know where it came from. But I'm going to the concert. Butterflies in the stomach. I lost mine. I feel the void.

(Translated by Ana-Maria Batog / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year II / 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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