I've been waiting for you for years. We didn't sync up. Maybe it's for the best. Maybe it was all in my head. Maybe it would've killed us, the everyday nothingness. Maybe we'd end up hating each other and crossing paths when we bumped into each other. I should have told you that, although it doesn't matter now. I couldn't keep quiet anymore. You don't have to say anything. I'm happy we can live another life here at the theater. That's enough. If they hear you in the dressing room and your life will be over at home or on stage.

(Translated by Andreea-Alexandra Șerbănescu / 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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