As soon as I met them, I felt hurt by both of them. By her, because she was driving me crazy with her existential spiral, and by him, because he was poking at me with his moral statements. To tell you the truth, I only dreamt of destroying the love through which they, in my mind, pretended to fulfil the will of a personal God. I was obsessively stalking every emotional crack I could slip inside and get myself between them. When I finally succeeded, I only gained an everlasting emptiness in my stomach, through which I had lost myself, the haughty creature.

(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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