Since a year ago, when I met you, I haven't been able to lure you into my den. You always find excuses. One time your cat ran away, another time your country relatives came to visit you, last week you were afraid that you got Covid. Most frequently you said that the ghosts of the past followed you and you had to wait to get rid of them. Yesterday, finally, you promised me. I put the roses in a glass and the champagne in the fridge. I waited for you in vain. I finally figured it out from the meme you just posted on FB: PROMETTRE C'EST NOBLE, TENIR C'EST BOURGEOIS.

(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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