I'm always late. There's no event I can be on time for. Shows, meetings, trips, park dates, doctor's appointments, sending emails, deadlines of urgent projects. I was late even at my own wedding. I won't forget too soon the priest's raised eyebrow as I waddled down the aisle. I'm surprised I made it in time to deliver the baby. I didn't back down today either. I'm a serious woman. I was late. Weird. There's nobody and nothing. Ha, who's going to scold me now?

(Translated by Andreea Ciubuc / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year II / Corrected by conf. dr. Daria Protopopescu / 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 December 2022, the group has 9,880 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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