he said, in the evening. Marry me. In the morning, he goes down the stairs. Today I will checkmate them. Too bad we do not care about football anymore. He is smoking with his gang on the bench in front of the block of flats. Then he sees her: slender, with a bun and golden glasses, she is feedingstray dogs. A new neighbor? His buddies are smiling: Mișu, once a ladies' man... Go to her. Mișu goes to her, talks to her, they talk, they drink coffee, they walk in the park, holding hands. In the evening, when the time gets short: I love you, marry me. I love you too and I said I do50 years ago. Come home, to take your pills.

(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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