We've been living together for a year now, but it seems like it was yesterday when we moved here. That is because yesterday was a year since we moved in together. During this time I got an extra shelf, a new shoe box, a green hanger, because the pink ones were hers, as well as the rest of the green ones. But what I wanted to do was win her heart, not her apartment, which I already did before living under the same roof that sheltered a love so big it resembled a house. Today we are painting the walls. We argue over paint colours, we make it up over the same colours and we fall asleep with the windows wide open.

(Translated by Valentina Mihai / 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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