You promised me you'd give me the moon and the stars on the sky. And didn't I give them to you? Was it my fault that you stumbled and heard tweet-tweets instead? I told you before: Adina, beware of the threshold. You promised me you'd take me to a spa. You have some audacity. Your ovaries hurt you and you told me in a lot of pain: Nospa, Nospa. And I did as you wanted. You promised me you'd marry me. And didn't I? You are skinnier now, before you were larger than the sofa. You promised that. Helloooo, you know something? You should know by now. Promises are made to be broken.

(Translated by Maria Cătălina Moisescu / 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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