Please, let me down. C'mon, Silvi, I didn't take you for a crazy person. All the blood's gonna be rushing to my head. Let it, then! You deserve it. And shut up, make me mad and I'll push you even harder. I'll let you swing by the tree, just like that. If only you'd let me swing by the street, at least someone could've seen me and. No ands or buts! You'll be here all winter. You said you loved me, that I'm your heart. What about you? What about me? You know. You know what? For Christmas I'll even tickle you. Let the turkeys hear you at the back of the yard. And the goose whose ass you keep kissing. There.

(Translated by Carla Bețianu / 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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