Dear Dora. I know you couldn't possibly understand or forgive me. But I'll fall on my knees for the last time and kiss your ankles. All the evil I have brought upon you has been out of love. And the unbridled anger and rage and murderous words were only born out of the fear that I would lose you, that you would stray from me. My love-scorched soul burned away what was good inside me. Tenderness and affection and gentleness and all. And for our love to endure, I chose to vanish. For good. Yours, A.  

(Translated by Ana-Maria Batog / 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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