Don't worry, mom, I'm fine. I ate, I cleaned, I did the laundry and I will iron the clothes tomorrow. Tomorrow I will also start studying. Besides that, nothing new. I broke up with Mihai and I ended it for good with Ana, you know, my friend from high school, who is now studying at the Academy of Economic Studies. Meanwhile, the two of them got together and I was left quite alone. Don't worry, I will get over it, another glass of cheap wine and I will fall asleep without even dreaming. What's left to do, mom, as big as the city is, as much loneliness there is within it. How are you?  

(Translated by Claudia Cioplea / 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 February 2023, the group has 10,500 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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