for the stupid joke you approached me with for the first time. Because you turn me from someone petulant into someone adorable. Because sometimes you go too far sweet talking me. Because of that day when you turned some rain drops into snowflakes. Because of the night in which although you were very much asleep, you kept texting me on WhatsApp. Because I can complain about insignificant things, like a toddler, and you play along. For all the promises you make me and keep religiously. Because, although you have never told me, I can feel it.

(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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