He whispered, actually, and I couldn't tell if I heard it right or not. I didn't even ask him if he said anything, so I didn't say anything either. How would it have been for me to answer \'me too', and for him to say \'what you too?' \'I love you too.' \'What are you talking about? I didn't say that.' Embarrassing, it would have been an unprecedented embarrassment. And then for days, but particularly whole nights I wondered if that was or wasn't our first I love you. I still haven't found that out, not even today. But it doesn't matter what it was, it only matters if it still is. Me too.

(Translated by Ecaterina Bucovanu / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year II / 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 March 2023, the group has 10,790 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, Luchian Abel, and Vlad Mușat. (Drawing by Adrian T. Roman)

Versiunea în română a acestui text se poate citi aici, în rubrica Ficțiuni Reale.

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