The tree seems so real even now. The vigorous trunk holds the branches symmetrically and the treetop was a little bit agglomerated due to the leaves which were too big. Under it, the sun was setting. Above, there were the two crowns, mine and Susan's. More than 40 years have passed since everything happened, yet I'm still under the impression that nobody would believe me if I were to tell anybody. Am I prepared for a new adventure? I put the cigar out, buttoned my coat and entered without carrying of what I was leaving behind.

(Translated by Camelia Băluţă / 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 January 2021, the group has 3.000 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 almost daily. The group's coordinators are Florin Piersic Jr., Gabriel Molnar, and Luchian Abel. (Drawing by Adrian T. Roman)

*Versiunea în română a acestui text se poate citi aici, în rubrica Ficţiuni Reale.

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