He was having a smoke and scrolling through Spotify when WhatsApp rang with a notification - are you coming this weekend? A pause for critical thinking. Disaster, yet again. He had two addictions. Smoking wasn't the big one. She, however... he hated her and yet kept breathing her in. This constant back and forth between Brasov and Bucharest drained him, yet he couldn't drop it. Screw. Therapy. Money down the drain. I'm not curing any addiction, only answering the same question every week. How do you feel? Excellent. I wanna hang myself, but other than that, all good. I'll be there Friday after 7.30.

(Translated by Carla Bețianu / 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 April 2023, the group has 11,000 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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