the nursing home. By then everyone had heard the story. When they referred to her, they looked up and pointed to their shoulder, she was the daughter of a big Secu, and he, the class enemy, a nephew of Prince Ghika. They loved each other like two fools. How else? Their love was their poison. When she moved into the ghetto of dormitory 3, he crossed the threshold with her in his arms. Their appearance caused a stir. They were beautiful and in love. To break them up, there was no way. He refused to go to the States without her. They were found dead, embracing.  

(Translated by Cristina Ioana Bontea / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year I / 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 May 2023, the group has 11,260 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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