I saw you, he said. When I was walking in the park, among the chess tables. I liked you, he said. You were so beautiful that the sun let you rise instead. I asked you, he said. V, delighted. L, you made me happy. You beat me, he said. You were much better, you stole my queen, my heart, my pawns and I was the only crazy one after you. I wanted you, he said. I tore the clothes off you and put them in the washing machine for 30 minutes. 30 years later, I love you, he said.

(Translated by Ana-Maria Mușetescu / 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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