What do you mean you didn't? No, no, that's what you said, that you were going to leave her. That I was your life, your true love and the only one you wanted. Doing everything you can is not enough. I've waited long enough. I waited until I got pregnant. What? As if it's my fault? Do you want to see me destroy everything? Just like that, easy, I'll crash into the first pole and it'll be game over. Oh yeah, now you'd say anything to make me pull over. You are a disgusting coward. Crazy? I'll show you crazy. Careful there, you've got your tie stuck in the door from hurrying to run away. I'll hang you with it, jerk.

(Translated by Andreea Teodorescu-Colciu / 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 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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