If love were measured in degrees, it would be about what you feel for me, Grigore. When I got you from your mom, I thought your way of being was super cool. Sobriety, seriousness, morgue. How wrong I was. Once you didn't tell me I love you, Grigore. I gave you Sandra Brown to read for nothing, I took you to Titanic nine times for nothing. That's it, I'm fed up. I am sending you on a sojourn to the realm of Sarsaila. Maybe the flames there will melt that icy heart of yours, you frigid one.

(Translated by Oana Georgiana Minea / 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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