No, I didn't. I said I would do everything I could. Just wait a little longer, I will fix it. I know you've waited long enough, but we're almost there. What do you mean pregnant? Why weren't you more careful? What do you mean you'll destroy everything? OK, now it's not the time to get angry. Okay, okay, I'll file for divorce. I'll do whatever you want. Now pull the fuck over, you'll get us killed. Great. It's good to feel the ground under my feet. Now you can go fuck yourself, you crazy. Hey, don't lock the doors. Wait, you've caught my tie in the door. Where are you going? Stop.

(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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