I see the title and I instantly start crying. I even saw that movie. The one with Russell Crowe.But especially that Romanian one, with Ploae, Diaconu, Caramitru. And Medeea. I promised. And I didn't keep my word. You promised. We promised. But life goes on. You loved me. I still love you. You had affairs. I did too. Whatever. No promises. You were afraid. I was afraid. We could have been. We wanted to, me and you. But the promise was kept. And I know that you still love me. Me too. Maybe, sometime we'll. I don't know.

(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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