The time: It was her birthday and 9 months since they parted ways. Place: at them, whatever, at her, from where he left in the Christmas Eve, last year, but which she warmed now with dozens of candles. Trigger: he called to wish her happy birthday and she asked: will you stop by here tonight? Cause: actually no. Her cause: she felt it was the last chance for him to come back, it passed enough time since they lived separately. His cause: he felt it was the last chance to break up with her completely and start the other life that pressured him. The end.

(Translated by Maria Cătălina Moisescu / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year I / Corrected 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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