Highschool, a classroom, during a noisy break, last desk by the wall, where a girl dressed in grey is sitting. The colleagues do not even notice her, sometimes a paper ball hits her by mistake. Corporation, office, responsibilities, a beautiful self-composed woman, pausing from her working routine, is paying attention to the words of an employee. That woman is me, listening to the love confession of my ex-highschool colleague. The one I was secretly in love with and to whom I meant nothing in the past, now he's just said everything I dreamed of. What shall I do?

(Translated by Raluca Simion / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year II / Corrected by prof. 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 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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