Our story was like an inverted haiku. An anti-love story. Five roads to Vatra Dornei and as many, with the godfather, to Ilva-Mică. Seven books read on the train until I reach you. Do you remember how much I cried at the Spring Ritual? Five times of getting back together and one parting. You didn't want to believe in tattoos, but you were looking for signs. I couldn't tell you, but I lost your cross. I marked it on my hand a few years ago, not to have you but never to lose you either.

(Translated by Elena Creţu / 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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