Like a brother, like a friend, like a road I step on quietly every day on my way to work. This love of mine is more beautiful than the one you desire. Of course, it does not have wings, does not wear make-up, doesn't burn me, doesn't dance with you. It makes me feel beautiful and warm and kind. Come on, it' s good to exchange books, poems, smiles, hugs. Auch, you're holding me too tight, let me go. I told you, it's not possible, I do not love you, yes, I love you, darn, but not like I love him. His love is making me shout, is hurting me, is melting me.

(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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