At first, I sent her a friend request. Then, I started liking her pictures, hearting her photos. One day, I sent her a message. I asked whether she would allow me to write to her sometimes. Anytime, she said. Since then, we got into an interesting virtual relationship. I found out she was single, she loved poetry, nature, painting. I found out she wanted to go to Toscana one day. I told her a bit about myself, too. But I still didn't tell her that I am her husband and that I'm using a false account to write to her. My real account is still suspended.

(Translated by Liliana Popescu / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year II / 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 January 2023, the group has 10,220 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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