On Monday, I will start running, he told me. In a week, I'll start reading again. In maximum one month, I'll put up your wall tiles in the bathroom. As for smoking, I sometimes do it with my morning coffee. As for drinking, I'll quit immediately after your birthday. If you let me live with you, you won't need to grab my socks off the floor, nor put the toilet seatdown. I'll cook, I'll clean. So, I only want to know one thing, When will you marry me? When hell freezes over, I answered. And I really keep my word.

(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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