They didn't own a house when they got married. They were renting a one-bedroom apartment. It was good, one less reason to quarrel. In the prime of their life, eager was their middle name. When the little girl came along, things changed without warning. Miruna was pouring all her time into raising the girl, as it was to be expected. The walls began to suddenly close in on Tudor. To the point he felt suffocated. He learned that he actually lived inside a huge house. He started wandering from one room to another. There were dozens of them. Appetizing, stylish. They were all rightfully his. After the divorce settlement. All but Miruna's  

(Translated by Cristina-Bianca Ion / 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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