She has been with many men, but has not been in love often. In fact, I don't think she loved at all, not even herself. In all her whirl and seeking she lived in consumable transitions, believing that in life people just come and go, and all you can do is take what there is to take and move on. Part of her, however, was dreaming of love. A love that could save her from chaos, but chaos was all she knew, and anything else scared or bored her. I met her by chance, but unprepared to be that love. I hope that's fine. I hope she's fine.

(Translated by Cosmina-Florentina Ciobanu / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year I / 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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