Recently, Paul had been finding his mailbox full of paper towels covered in excrement. It seemed as if someone was wiping their ass and throwing the trash in there. A friend suggested he installed a CCTV camera so he could watch what was happening. That's how he managed to catch him - the culprit. Or better yet, her. The culprit was an ex-girlfriend of his that he'd recently dumped. When he asked her why she was doing what she was doing, she told him that she had written all of the promises he'd made to her on those paper towels, you bastard. Haven't you read them?

(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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