Yes, I know. That's what lovers do. And you liked it. And you believed me. Or so it seemed. It was obvious that I would never be able to fulfil all the insane promises I made. That's why you never asked me about them. That evening I said to myself that for once, I would keep my word. I made up some silly excuse and left, thinking about the surprise. I came back and I gave you the Moon, as promised. You looked at it, flipped it over onto its dark side. And you asked me, bored: Did they have it in any other colour?

(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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