I am washing the dishes and thinking about what to do with the two protagonists of my novel. I'm in love with them, but I don't want to leave them like that, the world is full of erotic novels. So I make her a pilot, she doesn't like ironing laundry and takes up flying. Planes. He misses her and gets depressed. No, he doesn't. I make him bipolar. That's treatable with electroshock therapy. The dishwasher starts vibrating and I scramble to unplug it with my wet hand. That's when I begin to understand my male character to the point of unconsciousness.

(Translated by Cristina-Nicoleta Costache (Mircea) / 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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