Every morning, the two of them used to drink their coffee looking out at the world. Sometimes they danced, sometimes they hugged. They must have been a happy couple. Come to think of it, I never saw him going out. She was the one doing the shopping. Just today I met her in the elevator, she was wearing a new dress. She had bought flowers too. She reeked of life. She looked at me with serenity. Unfortunately, I couldn't help myself. I hope you'll forgive me, darling. Look, I have brought you a drop as well. You can put the flowers out to dry. We're moving on.

(Translated by Anca Maria Florea / 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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