In the eleventh grade she got married. For love, to the math teacher. It was an imaginary marriage because the teacher had a real wife. Shortly afterwards, problems arose. Imaginary ones too: the marriage was going badly and the teacher left her flunking. It was such a huge disappointment that she had to replace him in the twelfth grade with another lover. Obviously imaginary and tender, with skilled hands and a sensual mouth that knew how to drip sweet talk and dirty words into her ear. The idea of an imaginary divorce tormented her. Then Mishu asked for her hand in marriage, in a tangible reality.

(Translated by Delia-Maria Cocoș / 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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