Now I'm alone. But all life was full of beautiful people. The husband who was helping me with the holiday preparations, he was washing the windows, won't let me to do it, not to damage my nails, she said. I did the cooking, he did the groceries. Now he's gone. It happened quickly, we didn't have time to understand, it seemed like a simple cold. The children are far away. They left to make a living. The house is clean now, I also washed the windows, I made food, everyone's favourite dishes. I will dress nicely and eat.

(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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