Darling, please forgive me for such a sudden and straightforward confession, but today I met one of the most beautiful, delicate, adorable and dazzling women. Her face was divine and her allure was radiant, akin to a graceful bird moving her tiny, yet strong limbs. She came straight out of a fairytale. Her hair black and her gaze brunette, just like you. Would you like to see her? I took a picture of her. Yes, dear. But I need you to promise me this. After I pass away, you must marry her. The man took out a mirror and placed it in front of the sick woman.

(Translated by Marta Fulga / 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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